Indiana's own John Hiatt and The Jerry Douglas Band performed at the beautiful Brown County Music Center this past weekend. Hiatt has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and has been awarded a variety of other distinctions in the music industry but tonight it was all for a Hoosier audience, thrilled to be experiencing music from blues to country to Americana, with roots from their home state.
Hiatt’s lyrics and melodies have graced more than 20 studio albums, have been recorded by Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and scores of others, and have earned him a place in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, a BMI Troubadour award, and a lifetime achievement in songwriting designation from the Americana Music Association. Now living in Nashville, TN and recording at the historic RCA Studio B, a new album from John Hiatt and the Jerry Douglas Band, Leftover Feelings, was released in May. It brings together the bluegrass side of Hiatt with the grassroots side of Douglas into an Americana sound that filled the theater (though there are no drums).
Much of the night included songs from the new album but also included hits such as “Perfectly Good Guitar”, “Long Black Electric Cadillac”, “Crossing Muddy Waters" and “All the Lilacs in Ohio”.
Douglas’s resonator guitar and Hiatt’s Gibson were supported by Daniel Kimbro (upright bass), Mike Seal (acoustic and electric guitars), and Christian Sedelmyer (violin). There was a lot of emotion in the music on that stage tonight and the audience showered the band with their appreciation. After these past many months, there really is no better way but to experience the music live, and on such a deeply personal level, as we did this evening.
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