20 August 1952, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The archetypal musicians musician, John Hiatt is a powerful singer, guitarist and talented songwriter whose material has been recorded by various acts, including Dr. Feelgood, Searchers, Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night, Desert Rose Band, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Nick Lowe, Rick Nelson and the Neville Brothers. Hiatt started out in local R&B bands in the late 60s, most notably the White Ducks. Moving to Nashville in 1970, he signed to Epic and recorded two highly acclaimed albums. After the second album, he left the label and toured for a spell as a solo performer before being offered a new contract by MCA at the end of the decade. This resulted in two further albums.
In 1980, guitarist Ry Cooder was looking for some new songs and was recommended Hiatts material. Cooder received a tape of demos from Hiatts publisher, and although he was not convinced the material was suitable for him,...
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