John Hiatt?s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (?Thing Called Love?), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (?The Way We Make A Broken Heart?), the Jeff Healey Band (?Angel Eyes?), and even the cartoon bear band of the Disney 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 is a Hiatt composition.
Hiatt has received his own star on Nashville?s Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association?s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was saluted at the Indiana Governor?s Arts Awards.
The rock-country-blues fusion album Bring The Family ? performed with Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner ? was Hiatt?s first charted effort, and he was subsequently named Best Male Vocalist in Rolling Stone?s annual Critics Poll. In the last few years Hiatt has released Same Old Man, The Open Road, Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns, and Mystic Pinball, all to critical acclaim.
His most recent album, Terms Of My Surrender, moves further into acoustic blues. Mojo awarded the record four stars and exclaimed: ?[Terms Of My Surrender] digs deeper into acoustic blues than he?s ever dug before. Recorded live in the studio with his road band The Combo, from the simple blues ?Nothing I Love? to the sinister ?Wind Don?t Have to Hurry,? Hiatt sounds throughout as if he?s gargling a box of frogs in some eternal late night New Orleans backroom. And it?s glorious.?
Uncut declared: ??the past, present and future intertwine on the veteran?s latest effort... Its songs are blues-based reflections recalling the sauntering grooves of JJ Cale, the gritty swamp rock of Tony Joe White and Bob Dylan?s Modern Times throughout. Blogcritics simply called it his "best album since 2000?s Grammy-nominated Crossing Muddy Waters.?