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John Hiatt

He has earned nine GRAMMY nominations, his own star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was saluted at the Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards.

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John Hiatt has been called “One of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most astute singer/songwriters of the last 40 years.” His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (#1 country hit, “The Way We Make A Broken Heart”), the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”), and even the cartoon bear band of Disney’s film, The Country Bears.

He has earned nine GRAMMY nominations, his own star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was saluted at the Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards.

While growing up in Indianapolis, IN, he played in a variety of garage bands, and at 18 moved to Nashville and landed a songwriting job at Tree Publishing in the early 1970s. Soon, his songs were being recorded by a number of artists, but his hopes of being recognized as a performing artist himself failed to materialize, so in 1978, he moved to Los Angeles, began playing in clubs there and opening for folk musicians, and eventually became part of Ry Cooder’s backing band. An up and down musical career followed, in which his music encompassed several different genres, and he finally achieved commercial success in 1987 with his album Bring the Family.

Of the 23 albums he has released, some of his best known include Riding with the King, Master of Disaster, Perfectly Good Guitar, and Slow Turning. In 2020, John teamed up with Rodney Crowell and many others for Rodney Crowell and Friends – Songs From Quarantine, a star-studded, limited edition album of rarities benefitting Music Health Alliance. In 2021, John Hiatt teamed up with the Jerry Douglas Band and released Leftover Feelings, filled with songs of love, songs of hurt, and songs of the road. Of his own albums, Hiatt’s latest release is the 2018 Eclipse Sessions on New West Records. In April 2022 he will be leading an AFRICAN MUSIC SAFARI in South Africa.

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