By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: Busch Gardens Wine and Food Festival Concert Series, Tampa, Florida. Sunday, March 20, 2017
John Hiatt doesn’t fit a genre very well, or any other pigeonhole. He won the 2000 Nashville Music Awards Songwriter/Artist of the Year, the 2008 Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, and has had songs covered by artists as diverse as Aaron Neville, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Chaka Khan, Dave Edmunds, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, Jeff Healey, Jewel, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Cocker, Keith Urban, Linda Ronstadt, Mandy Moore, Nick Lowe, Paula Abdul, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Searchers, Three Dog Night, and Willie Nelson. He’s also released 22 albums of his own, from rock to blues to country, but Sunday’s concert was definitely leaning to the country side although a look at his percussionist/back-up singer’s “best hair of the bunch” will tell you all is not what it seems! At times, John sounded like a good old country boy, other times he let slip his wild side, and brought the crowd in, many of whom were younger and had come to see Jason Isbell and begging for more!
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When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.