Give him a stage and he’ll give you the best gig of your life

It’s so easy to forget John Hiatt, an unassuming man who almost makes a virtue of appearing so ordinary it verges on the self-effacing. It doesn’t get any better because his songs, about the struggles, romances, break-ups and mistakes other ordinary people fill their lives with, have long since been danced behind by the musical fashion. With all their authentic musicianship and difficult honesty, they are as far from sexy shows, glamor and pop as you can possibly get.

He could easily be one of those fates that blow like fallen leaves along a dusty dirt road a place deep in the American South, and which his songs are populated by, if it wasn’t because John Hiatt is completely inescapable for anyone who cares about real music. Give him a stage and he’ll give you the best gig of your life. Give him a notepad and a guitar, and he writes songs that stick in your mind as warm memories of lives so lived that one fine day you’ll think you’ve experienced it yourself. Or put him in a recording studio with a small band, and moods created for eternity fly like sparks from the campfire that John Hiatt’s collected works constitute for those lucky enough to know it and its healing power.

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