Rock singer-songwriter John Hiatt will make his Mahaiwe debut on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:00pm.
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.
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
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. Tickets are $30 to $70.
A limited number of $15 tickets to each live performance are available for audience members ages 30 and younger through the Mahaiwe ArtSmart Tix program, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.