Be Here: John Hiatt’s Acoustic Evenings [Berkshire On Stage]

May 2nd, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg
John Hiatt

John Hiatt

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is slated to make a return to Northampton for a concert at the Academy of Music Theatre at 7:30pm on Tuesday (May 3). He will also make his Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center debut in Great Barrington at 8pm on Friday (May 6).

A master lyricist and satirical storyteller, Hiatt weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales on themes of redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering on one’s own terms. His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (#1 country hit “The Way We Make a Broken Heart”), the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”), and even the cartoon bear band of Disney’s film, “The Country Bears.” He earned a Grammy nomination for Crossing Muddy Waters, while B.B. King and Eric Clapton shared a Grammy for their album Riding With the King, the title track from which was a Hiatt composition.

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I’m not inspired most of the time. Life is fairly mundane. But I get up in the morning and get going and try to make something of myself, of the day. As far as music, I usually pick up the acoustic guitar – which I’ve done since I was 11 – and just start strumming some chords. Usually that’s when I write if I’m gonna write. And if I’m not gonna write then I just sit around and play for an hour or two.” – John Hiatt

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