Indiana native John Hiatt’s latest album may be titled Mystic Pinball, but he’s more towering redwood than deaf, dumb and blind kid. Hiatt, the recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting, penned his first hit — “Sure As I’m Sitting Here,” cut by Three Dog Night — in 1974, and has continued to rack up Top 40 smashes and Grammy nominations. Even when they’re not powered by his own velvet-and-gravel singing, Hiatt’s songs are so elemental that they’re universal. His durable, heart-tugging “Have a Little Faith in Me,” for example, has been covered by everyone from Delbert McClinton and Bill Frisell to Bon Jovi. Hiatt occasionally puts down his pen long enough to make brilliant soul-rock solo albums, like 1987’s Bring the Family, or take risky outings, like his gut-bucket acoustic Y2K masterpiece Crossing Muddy Waters. And during the two-night stand at The Franklin Theatre that concludes this evening, he’s recording a live album with his visceral trio, called the Combo. The group includes über bassist Patrick O’Hearn, a veteran of Frank Zappa’s band and co-founder of Missing Persons.
Thu, Oct 10 | 8:00 PM
The Franklin Theatre