John Hiatt
"Same Old Man"

"Same Old Man"

Irish Release 30-5-08 on New West Records ~

“…affirms Hiatt’s irrefutable prowess as one of America’s best contemporary songwriters...” – Performing Songwriter

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New West Records release John Hiatt’s new full length album "Same Old Man", his first album since 2005’s critically acclaimed "Master of Disaster", of which The Washington Post declared “Hiatt has written some of the best melodies of his career,” and Time Out New York proclaimed “...his most vibrant and soulful album in years.”

"Same Old Man" was recorded at Highway 61 Recordings and was produced and engineered by Hiatt himself. Of the music, Hiatt explains, “I think it’s a pretty stripped down record. It’s pretty straight ahead. It’s all about me this record because I didn’t have anybody to argue with basically. So it’s vocals right up front, the song is front and center, and the backing is minimal.” Also appearing on the album are Kenneth Blevins on drums, Patrick O’Hearn on bass and Luther Dickinson on guitar, mandolin and national resonator. John’s daughter, Lilly Hiatt, also sings harmony on two tracks, “Love You Again” and “What Love Can Do.”

John Hiatt’s career as a performer and songwriter has spanned more than 30 years and his work has been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and BB King to Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night and The Neville Brothers. Hiatt began his solo career with the 1974 album Hangin’ Around the Observatory. His landmark 1987 release Bring The Family received critical praise and was his first album to chart in the U.S. In 1993, Rhino Records released Love Gets Strange: The Songs of John Hiatt, which collected many of the cover versions of his songs that were recorded during the 80s and 90s. 2000’s Crossing Muddy Waters was released to critical acclaim and was called “The most natural and relaxed John Hiatt album in years…” by ALL MUSIC GUIDE.

In recognition of his work, the Americana Music Association will honor Hiatt with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Songwriting Award. The ceremony will take place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 18 during the Association’s annual festival and conference.

"Same Old Man" is available in a deluxe CD & DVD package and as a limited edition 180 gram vinyl record, the deluxe DVD will feature 6 rare, never before seen live performance’s of some of the best songs from different points of Hiatt’s 30 plus year career.

1. Old Days
2. Love you Again
3. On With You
4. Hurt My Baby
5. What Love Can Do
6. Ride My Pony
7. Cherry Red
8. Our Time
9. Two Hearts
10. Same Old Man
11. Let’s Give This Love A Try

1. Memphis In The Mean Time
2. Have A Little Faith In Me
3. Tennessee Plates
4. Perfectly Good Guitar
5. Crossing Muddy Waters Cry Love




LOS ANGELES, CA – New West is set to release John Hiatt’s 21st album, Master Of Disaster, on June 21. It was produced by Jim Dickinson (Ry Cooder, Big Star, The Replacements) and was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. The album features Cody and Luther Dickinson from the North Mississippi Allstars, on drums and guitars respectively and Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood.

Master Of Disaster was the first “real” session to use the Sonoma-24 Direct Stream Digital Recording and Editing System and will be a hybrid Super Audio CD that has two distinct layers. One layer contains a stereo mix that plays on any CD player. The other layer contains a high-resolution Super Audio CD version and a 5.1 Surround version of the same repertoire that plays on SACD-compatible players. Calling it the best sound he has ever heard, Jim Dickinson continues, “This Sonoma System is not like sound reproduction. It's like being in the room with first generation audio."

John was born in Indianapolis, began playing guitar at age 11 and was influenced by everyone from Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix, Howlin' Wolf and The Rolling Stones. One of the most celebrated songwriters alive, Hiatt's compositions have been covered by dozens of artists including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King and Eric Clapton. His songs are known for the finely rendered details, the subtle blend of humor and pathos, the unpredictable yet instantly memorable melodies.

"… one of our greatest living songwriters" – The Tennessean

“ …a more cerebral and sardonic Johnny Cash” – Paste Magazine



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