John Hiatt turns 54 today. I don't know about you, but I always think of musicians as older than I am, or more recently, considerably younger. But Hiatt is essentially my age. I suppose I could have waited until next year to write this, when he hits the double nickel, but what the heck - I'm still bummed that I missed seeing him this summer, for FREE, because of my wisdom tooth extraction the day before.
About 60% of his output. I'm missing some of his early, unfocused work, and some of the other stuff I don't have is duplicative.
My favorite John Hiatt songs: 1. Shredding the Documents from Walk On. Faux Beach Boys harmony, name-checks Larry King and Oprah. 2. Have a Little Faith in Me from Bring the Family. And the remixed version on one of his greatest hits album, with more orchestration, is definitely NOT an improvement. 3. Perfectly Good Guitar, title track. Reportedly really ticked off Pete Townsend, who has been known to smash one or two. 4. I Don't Even Try from Riding with the King. Used to listen to this on the late, great Q-104. I love how the intro line echoes Smoke on the Water. 5. Lift Up Every Stone from Crossing Muddy Waters. I first heard this on an episode of A Prairie Home Companion on a co-worker's 35th birthday, right after his party in Albany, while driving towards Poughkeepsie, my co-worker's hometown. The song has a gospel feel.