The great John Hiatt is kicking off a tour in support of his just-released new album Same Old Man on June 26th in Ann Arbor, MI (The Power Center.) While we’re not terribly thrilled with Hiatt’s new material here at Culturespill, we also know that this man is one of the hardest-working people in the biz and puts on a kick-ass show every time he takes a stage. If you’re anywhere near one of the stops below, trust us, you do not want to miss this.
The last time I saw Hiatt live with a full band, he was backed by the younger and supremely talented Mississippi All-Stars, with whom he had recorded the then-new Master of Disaster album (2005). The All-Stars warmed up the crowd with some white-people blues, replete with Woodstock-era jams that offered a conspicuously polite brand of the genuine grit that guys like Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf served up so long ago.
By the time Hiatt took the stage, though, sporting a grimace that told the tale of the dark and lonely road he’d walked to get there–one of homelessness, suicides, addictions and a thankless devotion to his chosen craft–it was perfectly clear that he was ready to rock the roof off the place. It was 2006 in St. Petersburg, FL, and Hurricane Alberto lurked off-shore, forcing Hiatt to move his scheduled show from a nearby outdoor venue to a theater down the block–perhaps that’s why he looked so pissed. Or maybe that’s just the way John Hiatt takes the stage, with the grizzled scowl of a proud and aging prize-fighter that won’t be told his day is done.
Ripping into the set with a ferocious abandon, as if to announce that what damage the hurricane didn’t do that night would be done by the band instead, Hiatt kept the crowd writhing in song for nearly three hours, hardly pausing once for a breath or a drink between songs. The Mississippi All-Stars may be younger than Hiatt, but they struggled mightily to keep pace with the man, sweating and lumbering through the set’s second hour just as Hiatt seemed poised for a third and a fourth.
Don’t miss it. And check out his website for a special offer on select tour stops.
June 26 at Power Center in Ann Arbor MI
June 27 at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee WI
June 28 at Pantages Theater in Minneapolis MN
June 29 at Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines IA
July 5 at Rams Head in Annapolis MD
July 6-8 at The Birchmere in Alexadnria VA
July 11 at Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta GA
July 12 at The Shed in Maryville TN
July 17 at The Barrymore in Madison WI
July 18 at Ravinia in Highland Park IL
July 19 at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield WI
August 15 at North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh NC
August 16 at Hot August Blues Festival in Cockeysville MD
August 17 at Long Island Summer Festival in Oyster Bay NY
August 19 at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester NY
August 21 at Newport Sunset Music Festival in Newport RI
August 22 at Lowell Summer Music Series in Lowell MA
August 23 at LL Bean Music Series in Freeport ME
August 24 at Paramount Theatre in Rutland VT
August 26 at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield ME
September 27 at Bell Auditorium in Augusta GA
October 9 at Blumenthal PAC in Charlotte NC
October 10-11 at Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham AL.
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