Monday, November 14, 2011

John Hiatt at City Winery - October 21, 2011

I've been a John Hiatt fan since "Bring the Family" but I've only been able to catch him live one time with Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark and Joe Ely (during a blizzard yet) for one reason or another.  This deficiency was solved last night at City Winery.  My first visit to the venue was last year for Nick Lowe and I wasn't crazy about it.  Too many tables too close together but there was none of that feeling last night.  Perhaps they took a few tables out.

Opening the show was Lily Hiatt, John's daughter, who is a singer-songwriter in Nashville.  Her style is generally not my thing but she got a polite, if not overwhelming, reception and appeared to have went over well.  It does help when your father is the headliner. 

John Hiatt is nothing if not consistent.  He has made good album after good album for the past twenty years and his newest is no exception.  His set drew heavily from his latest as well as a bunch of songs from Bring the Family and Slow Turning.  The band was tight, his voice was strong and things were good.

All in all a great night of music.

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