LIVE: Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/6/15

October 7th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Outside on State Street in Troy, there were two big bright shiny tour buses and a huge tractor trailer. On stage inside the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, there were two straight-back chairs, four acoustic guitars and two sublime singer-songwriters. Heck, you could have fit it all into a station wagon.

Old friends Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have been doing this sit-down, back-and-forth guitar pull thing for years. Before that, they did it as a trio with Joe Ely. And before that, it was a quartet of tunesmiths with Ely and Guy Clark. So it’s clear that they’ve honed in on each other in almost every way, and they know their onstage roles.

And make no mistake, their between-tune patter is as essential to their show as their songs. Dry as the Sahara and rarely cracking even a smile, Lovett plays the straight man/inquisitor, asking questions to the rubber-faced Hiatt, who steers his response to the comic side of the street and cracks up at the drop of a hat. Heck, I’d pay good money to see these guys together onstage even if they didn’t play a single song all night. They’re like the Rowan & Martin of the pre-Americana set.

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Colonial Theatre Plans Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt [Berkshire on Stage]

October 21st, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt take the COlonial Stage on October 23, 2013.

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt take the Colonial Stage on October 23, 2013.

The singer-songwriter team of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have almost become living legends, and will perform at the Colonial Theatre on Wednesday (October 23) at 7:30pm. Lovett and Hiatt have been touring together periodically since 1989, and have become known for delivering one of the most compelling and spontaneous concerts on the road.

Lyle Lovett has four Grammy Awards to his credit which include Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1989 and Best Country Album for The Road to Ensenada in 1996. Lovett’s newest album, Release Me, was released last year. He’s known for his hits “If I Had a Boat,” “She’s No Lady” and “Long Tall Texan.”

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LIVE: John Hiatt & the Combo @ The Egg, 8/14/11

August 17th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg

John Hiatt returned to The Egg with a new album “Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns” and his crack band -dubbed simply the Combo – featuring longtime drummer Kenny Blevins, guitarist Doug Lancio and bassist Patrick O’Hearn. Opening with “Thank You Girl,” Hiatt and band took a couple of songs to get their feet planted firmly under them, but by the time they hit their fourth song of the evening, “Crossing Muddy Waters,” the energy went up along with the crowd responsiveness. With Lancio on electric mandolin, they followed with “Cry Love” fueled by a punky, reggae beat reminiscent of the early Police. This was the first song of the evening that kept building and reminded everyone of why they had plunked down their dollars for the show.

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CD: John Hiatt’s “Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns”

August 8th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns

(New West, 2011):

In “Til I Get My Lovin’ Back,” John Hiatt sings, “My friends are so wrong when they say, ‘Just go on’/And I say, ‘Where to and what for?'” And geographically speaking, Hiatt is all over the map on his new album, roaming from coast to coast – from “Adios to California” to “When New York Had Her Heart Broke,” with stops along the way in Alabama (“Train to Birmingham”) and Michigan (“Detroit Made”).

But a place to land isn’t the only thing that Hiatt is searching for with this album. He also seems to be seeking a more radio-friendly sound, and with producer Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Journey, the Black Crowes, etc.) behind the console that’s exactly what he got, although it’s not always in the service of the song. It’s a more polished, less organic approach, sonically speaking, dressed up with atmospheric keyboards and strings.

Still, Hiatt’s stellar songs (11 of ’em) and his instantly identifiable, still strong yet supple voice cut through the occasional over-production. Especially powerful are the opening “Damn This Town” (a stompin’, spitfire tale of family misfortune) and the closing “When New York Had Her Heart Broke” (a belated but potent 9/11 memorial hymn).

John Hiatt and the Combo roll into The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Sunday (August 14). Tix are $34.50.

LIVE: John Hiatt & Lyle Lovett @ The Egg, 1/25/11

January 28th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

“I thought we were gonna make that bridge, what did I know?”

That was the opening line of the opening song – “My Old Friend” by John Hiatt – at The Egg in Albany on Tuesday night. And that pretty much summed up the theme of the evening, too – hopes and dreams, frequently shattered and deferred, respectively.

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Two Fab Songwriters Together @ The Egg

November 16th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

The fine folks at The Egg have been keeping us mighty busy with their American Roots and Branches concert series, and it looks like they’re not slowing down – even in the dead of winter.

The Egg will be hosting the double-bill of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 25.

The concert will be an acoustic evening with Lovett and Hiatt sharing songs and stories on stage, both separately and together.

Tickets are currently on sale to members of The Egg for $79.50 and $64.50, and will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, November 23. For information on becoming a member of The Egg, call the box office at 518.473.1845.

LIVE: John Hiatt & the Combo, 3/4/10

March 5th, 2010, 3:06 pm by Greg
John Hiatt

John Hiatt

After numerous area solo shows in recent years, singer-songwriter John Hiatt came riding into The Egg in Albany armed with his new, somewhat unimaginatively named band – the Combo – to launch his U.S. tour on Thursday night.

And while the loose-limbed Hiatt is pretty much pegged as a roots/Americana guy these days, the Combo obviously reminded him that there was a time – pre-1987’s “Bring the Family” – when he was considered a rocker. A new wave rocker, at that.

Things started out in a fairly acoustic mode at The Egg, opening with the vintage “Drive South.” But then they slid into “Come Home to You” (from 2001’s “The Tiki Bar Is Open”), and while the instruments were still primarily acoustic and relatively low volume, it was clear from Doug Lancio‘s scorching bottleneck guitar solo that things were definitely gonna heat up.

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RIP: Jim Dickinson, 1941-2009

August 17th, 2009, 1:58 pm by Greg

jimDickinsonMemphis icon and master musician Jim Dickinson died Saturday at the age of 67. He was never a household name – not even close. But he was a behind-the-scenes player with enormous talent, and his various credits as a music and producer would fill pages.

The short version goes something like this:

He was a much in-demand session musician who recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones.

As a producer, he was at the helm for some of the best work by John Hiatt, Big Star, the Replacements, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Toots Hibbert and Ry Cooder.

His sons – Cody and Luther – are two-thirds of the North Mississippi Allstars.

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