Celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Slow Turning.” Hiatt & The Goners, featuring Sonny Landreth, will be playing the album in its entirety along with greatest hits.
The run of John Hiatt’s albums starting with 2000’s Crossing Muddy Waters through his latest, 2014’s Terms of My Surrender, is arguably the most fully realized expression of his considerable gifts as a writer and performer. Not to diminish his early accomplishments, of course. There are threads through his entire catalog tying the youthful energy of the early-‘80s statements Slug Line and Two Bit Monsters to the moving renewals of Bring the Family (with Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner collaborating) and Slow Turning later that decade to, well, all the work since.
Along the way his songs have attracted many other singers, through whom some have gained a wider world of fans via other artists’ versions — Rosanne Cash’s “Pink Bedroom” and most famously Bonnie Raitt’s hit version of “Thing Called Love.” Alternately bemused and profound, he’s a self-aware chronicler of both his own and others’ stumbles and epiphanies, the tales richer with each step forward.