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John Hiatt

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Indianapolis, United States (1974 – present)

John Hiatt (born on August 20, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an American and guitarist, pianist, and . He has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards. Hiatt’s sales have never quite matched his reputation. His songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night, and The Neville Brothers, yet it took him thirteen years to reach the charts himself.

As well, it nearly took him that long to find his own style. Hiatt began his solo career in 1974, and over the next decade he ran through a number of different styles from rock & roll to -esque before he finally settled on a rootsy fusion of rock, country, blues, and folk with his 1987 album ‘Bring The Family’. Though the album didn’t set the charts on fire, it became his first album to gain some major commercial success, and several of the songs on the record became hits for other artists, including the aforementioned Raitt and Milsap. Following its success, Hiatt became a reliable hit songwriter for other artists, and he developed a strong cult following that continued to gain strength into the mid-.

While he was growing up in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, Hiatt played in a number of garage bands. Initially, he was inspired by the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and the music of those two artists would echo strongly throughout his work. Out of all the bar bands he played with in the late , a group called The White Ducks was the one that received the most attention.

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  • zephranthes

    Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns is brilliant.

    16 Sep 5:16pm Reply
  • radiohoofdnz

    I will shout again

    27 Aug 8:16pm Reply
  • fastlane01

    95 now..

    20 Jul 9:20am Reply
  • radiohoofdnz

    The New album is more Bluesy and still beautiful!

    11 Jul 11:42pm Reply
  • radiohoofdnz

    Only 93 Shouts......????

    11 May 10:10pm Reply
  • radiohoofdnz

    Tonight on dutch television; Twee meter sessies on Fox tv was great.

    11 May 10:09pm Reply
  • markalvin

    The Tiki Bar Is Open is also darn good album.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • marwood1995

    Possibly the best "undiscovered" artist of his kind...........

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • FredMalus

    Ich kann nicht verstehen, dass dieser Mann nie richtig gewürdigt wurde. Seine Kompositionen, seine Texte sind qualitativ weit über dem was sonst angeboten wird. "Have a Little Faith in Me" ist meiner Meinung nach eine der besten Balladen die je geschrieben wurden. I can not understand that this man has never been fully appreciated. His compositions, his lyrics are qualitatively well above what is otherwise available. "Have a Little Faith in Me" in my opinion is one of the best ballads ever written.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AJ-Pain

    awesome!!!

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • DBLawton

    So, adios to California...

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • anotherman08

    New album is great.

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tuffentiny

    Here's to mixed drinks and mixed feelings...

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Punk-Fiction

    This man is the master of irony: the man who wrote Perfectly Good Guitar being the musician most deserving of having his smashed.

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • schollad

    @ FerociousPanda i guess u referring to the Little village album and yeah it was a disappointment but Hiatt solo has never been a disappointment to me.. always good lyrics and tunes

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • FerociousPanda

    I still can't understand how a collab between 3 of the greatest writers and prob. the greatest session drummer can be so .. mediocre.

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    Great!!!

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • divinemissh

    Wow! I just Heard that this guy has a new album on Lucky Oceans..

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • rockmyplimsoul

    The new album is very good ... the first song doesn't do much for me, but "All The Way Under" and "Detroit Made" are vintage Hiatt, excellent stuff!

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • RandyB1961

    The new album(Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns) is fantastic! Hiatt just keeps getting better and better with age.

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
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