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Forty years into his recording career, John Hiatt has chosen to title his 22nd studio album, Terms of My Surrender. Surrender? Is that as in Cheap Trick? Or Appomattox? Hiatt laughs, tentatively, at the choice.

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  • Vinyl (August 16, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B0055IU3G8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Damn This Town
2. 'Til I Get My Lovin' Back
3. I Love That Girl
4. All The Way Under
5. Don't Wanna Leave You Now
6. Detroit Made
7. Hold On For Your Love
8. Train To Birmingham
9. Down Around My Place
10. Adios To Calfornia
11. When New York Had Her Heart Broke

Editorial Reviews

Double vinyl LP pressing. 2011 album from the veteran singer/songwriter. With Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns, Hiatt has created one of his most dynamic albums in the past decade. Produced by Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley (Silverchair, Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa), Hiatt's timeless songwriting is paired with the aggressive blues guitar. Hiatt is back in the studio with his touring combo (Kenny Blevins on drums, Patrick O'Hearn on bass and Doug Lancio on guitars). Includes the single 'Damn This Town'.

Customer Reviews

I own every Hiatt album and this one is an instant classic.
William M West
Well after my dad got the chance to listen to this cd a few times, he made me listen to it so I could see how cool it was too.
John Hiatt is a treasured songwriter, a great musician, and his songs ring true, clean and always powerful.

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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Polar Bear on August 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns" is John Hiatt's 20th solo album and one of his best! As always, he combines excellent song writing/story telling and amazing vocals with the unique ability to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds by virtue of his music and lyrics. The album has an incredible collection of musicians which include Kenneth Blevins on drums and percussion, Doug Lancio on electric guitars, mandolin and Hammertone and Patrick O'Hearn on bass guitar. "Damn This Town" gets things started and is classic Hiatt: A rough-edged story with beautiful musicianship filled with raw emotion. "Don't Wanna Leave You Now" shows Hiatt's softer and tender side as he croons on about love. "Detroit Made" is about the Deuce and a Quarter car made by Buick. Hiatt is one of the rare vocalists who can pull off singing a song about a car! He closes off the album with "When New York Had Her Heart Broke," a touching and dignified recollection of the tragedy of 9/11. If you're a fan of his earlier works, or if you simply want to try something new, you can't go wrong here. Highly recommended!!
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Andrew H. Lee on August 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Dear Consumer,

Here are three reasons to buy this music:

1. The words, music, and production are clear, straight-shootin', and catchy. These are the kinds of songs that are easy to learn the words to and sing along to within just the first couple of spins.

2. Hiatt's voice and singing style is warm, seasoned, and comfortable - like slipping back into your old jean jacket on the first crisp day of fall.

3. The overall feel of the album is atmospheric and romantic against a traditional, good ol' rock n' roll background - these feel like songs one might hear in one of those movie scenes with the crack local band at the small town outdoor dance - lights strung around the dance floor, a few characters in cowboy hats, the obligatory alternating between dance songs and ballads, the couple that sneaks away from the floor to slow dance alone under the stars together...

FOR FANS OF: Springsteen, Steve Earle, Warren Zevon, Nick Lowe

TOP TRACKS: "Damn This Town," "All the Way Under," "Don't Wanna Leave You Now"



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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Everyone has a favourite pair of jeans, ones which always look good, feel right and which actually get better with age. How appropriate then for the great John Hiatt to name his new album after these durable garments since in musical terms his own longevity over nearly 60 years has been one marked by cranking up the quality button to the the highest level and broadly sticking around at that benchmark. With past glories like "Bring in the family" (1987) and the essential "Crossing Muddy Waters" (2000) it remains one of life's enormous puzzles why Hiatt remains a minority taste but for those who have yet to sample his work thus far there is a chance to make amends by purchasing "Dirty jeans and Mudslide Hymns" since this seasoned campaigner is again near the top of his game. Ultimately those familiar with Hiatt works will already know the score as in this album you will get angry blues, soft country, good time rock n roll and a classic voice with a raspy southern drawl that emotes a lifetime of paying songwriting dues where sadly most of "hits" derive generally from covers of his work by other artists.

The album starts with a corker, a dirty swamp blues rock out entitled "Damn this town" where Hiatt spits out vitriol and raw emotion about his disillusionment with a certain locality which has delivered nothing but heartache. The anger subsides on the next song "Till I get my loving back" a classic country ballad full of haunting slide guitar and an emotive Hiatt vocal which will no doubt be covered down the years by people who know good music. As always he also throws in a couple of good time rockers with "Love that girl" and the joyous chugging auto song "Detroit Made" about a Buick Electra 225 being the prime examples.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By rickroller on August 28, 2011
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The challenge with reviewing any album by John Hiatt is that one must do it in the context of his enormous body of work. Not only is he prolific, but he has his share of downright masterpieces. Any artist can only hope to produce one record as good as "Bring the Family," "Slow Turning," "Perfectly Good Guitar," and "Crossing Muddy Waters" during the span of one career, not to mention a backlog of outstanding individual songs. Hiatt has done it multiple times. Saying John Hiatt made a so-so album is like saying Picasso made a so-so painting.

I have been a die hard Hiatt fan since his seminal "Bring the Family" and have seen him play live with his various backing bands many times. I was anxious for this album since it features his newest line up of musicians: Doug Lancio, Kevin Blevins and Patrick O'Hearn. I saw this group back Hiatt a few years ago and they are amazing in concert. Lancio doesn't quite match the technical virtuosity of Sonny Landreth, but he is a consummate guitar player that can move between styles and various stringed instruments with ease and tastefulness. He is the only guitar player I've seen who can take a solo defined by Landreth and make it his own.

Hiatt likes to take risks and shake things up. 1993's Perfectly Good guitar was a gamble that paid off. A guitar oriented rock album backed by an eclectic group of young musicians, the Guilty Dogs, perfectly matched his songwriting skills with the energetic, less disciplined rock sound of the day. His collaboration with the North Mississippi All Stars was an attempt to re-capture that kind of moment. Take a young, improvisational blues band with serious chops and match them with Hiatt's well crafted songs. That collaboration didn't fare as well.
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