The great John Hiatt, who last year was the recipient of a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Americana Music Association, and was also an inductee to the Nashville Songwriters Association, is to release a brand new album, entitled The Open Road, on the New West Records label on Monday 8th March 2010.
The Open Road comprises eleven all-new tracks, recorded by Hiatt and, aptly enough, his seasoned Road band, featuring Kenny Blevins (drums), Patrick O’Hearn (Bass) and Doug Lancio (Guitars).
It’s Hiatt’s most energetic outing in years – 2008’s excellent Same Old Man set was a more reflective affair, but The Open Road powers along with the vigour of Hiatt’s Perfectly Good Guitar days. Looking at life through a rear view mirror was the inspiration for The Open Road, the rockin’ songs sizzle with the heat from a two lane blacktop on a summer’s day. It’s a set that gives the term ‘Garage Rock’ new meaning.
‘All the other years, my songs are about coming home’ Hiatt says, but within these eleven crackling new songs, including ‘Haulin’, and the title track, home is never the destination.
There’s even more good news for the UK Hiatt fans; John is to make his first appearances on these shores for several years in February 2010, with shows at The Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on Monday 15th February, followed by one other show at the Waterfront in Belfast on Tuesday 16th February.