I've always thought of John Hiatt
as simply a prolific songwriter. His songs have been covered by numerous artists. At his concert Friday night he proved that he was more than just a writer of songs, he is truly a gifted singer-songwriter and performer.
John Hiatt shared the stage with a very talented combo of players. Doug Lancio on guitars, Kenny Blevins on drums and Patrick O'Hearn on bass. What I found intriguing was that only Hiatt had a microphone. He provided the vocals, along with accompaniment on various guitars. For over two hours, Hiatt sang, played a guitar and told stories; like about being married and the importance of the toilet paper being placed correctly on the dispenser (under or over). Hiatt mixed in a few songs from his newly released CD "The Open Road", including the title track, "Haulin'", "Carry You Back Home" and "Like a Freight Train". But, really, it was like being at a 'best of' concert: "Drive South", "Master of Disaster", "Crossing Muddy Waters", the fun "The Tiki Bar is Open", "Buffalo River Home", "Perfectly Good Guitar", "Tennessee Plates" (by request), "Feels Like Rain" (definitely a highlight), "Memphis In The Meantime" and the encore of "Riding with the King" and "Have a Little Faith in Me". Hiatt is a consummate performer whose songs continue to endure the test of time whether performed by the writer himself or another artist.
Opening the show was the granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and half-sister of Hank Williams III. Holly Williams
did a brief 30-minute set of 7 songs, pulling from her 2 releases: "The Ones We Never Knew" and "Here With Me". "Sometimes." "Mama" (about her mother.) "Three Days In Bed" (about the men she met while touring internationally.) Williams is a newlywed and her husband Chris Coleman joined her on guitar, harmonica and vocals mid-way though her set. A cover of her favorite John Prine song "Angel from Montgomery." Ending with "Without Jesus Here With Me" (chronicling a near death experience for her sister in a car crash.) Williams celebrated her 29th birthday in Pittsburgh; the audience sang "Happy Birthday" to her before she left the stage.
Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host