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Ace songwriter John Hiatt in his own voice

John Hiatt performs on stage.
John Hiatt performs on stage.
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Although he has had a nearly 4-decade career as a performer in his own right, Nashville-based singer and songwriter John Hiatt is perhaps best known for the impressive list of artists who have covered his songs. Household names such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Jewel and a host of others have all recorded versions of Hiatt’s songs - and credentials like these have made Hiatt one of the most respected songwriters in the business. Hiatt’s brand new album, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, is his 20th, and it finds him addressing tried and true topics: family, cars, aging, longing, love lost and found… all with his unmistakable wit and style. What are your favorite John Hiatt songs? What does it take for a writer to create such a large catalog of songs so coveted by such a wide variety of performers?


John Hiatt, singer/songwriter who just released Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns