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The deluxe CD/DVD combo version of the new album Same Old Man contains a bonus DVD with six classic live performances filmed in different eras of Hiatt's career.

New West Records will release John Hiatt s new full length album Same Old Man, his first album since 2005 s critically acclaimed Master of Disaster. Same Old Man was recorded at Highway 61 Recordings and produced by John Hiatt. Appearing on the album are Kenneth Blevins on drums, Patrick O Hearn on bass and Luther Dickinson on guitar, mandolin and national resonator. John s daughter, Lilly Hiatt, sings harmony on the songs Love You Again and What Love Can Do.
John Hiatt s career has spanned more than 30 years and his songs have been covered by everyone from Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and BB King to Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night and The Neville Brothers.


John Hiatt Same Old Man (New West) John Hiatt's conversational lyrics sound off-the-cuff, which means they likely resulted from many hours of labour. The work was worth it, because Same Old Man ranks with the best music of Hiatt's 34-year recording career. He sings about love in the opening round and love on the ropes, about food and paper cuts and doppelganger caterwauling. Same Old Man is sweet but not sentimental, tuneful, honest and very, very funny. On his first release since 2005's fine Master of Disaster, Hiatt produced and engineered himself, and he puts his voice front and centre. As always, Hiatt sings like someone straining to complete the final set of the night at the local roadhouse. The raw vocals are a perfect match for such songs as Hurt My Baby, where pain is palpable as Hiatt delivers the chorus. He's supported by bass, drums and Luther Dickinson, who plays guitar and mandolin and provides an ideal counterpoint to the vocals by making every note count. Hiatt's daughter, Lilly, contributes lovely harmony on two songs. Dad delivers his droll lyrics as if they're throwaways, which makes them even better. I'm a long shot, baby, he sings. But they do come in. In fact, Same Old Man laps the field. CHECK THIS OUT: On the hilarious opener Old Days, Hiatt reminisces about his early touring career and crossing paths with John Lee Hooker, Gatemouth Brown and other bluesmen. He concludes the memories aren't that sweet because I played practically free. --Associated Press

Same Old Man, John Hiatt (New West) John Hiatt's career is long and checkered. After his first break of having Three Dog Night cover his song Sure As I'm Sitting Here, Hiatt emerged as a singer-songwriter with a particularly quirky edge. When punk/new wave hit, he was heralded by some as an American Elvis Costello, but ignored by most. It wasn't until his 1987 album Bring the Familythat Hiatt finally got the recognition he deserved. Since that time, many other artists have had hits with his songs and Hiatt has become one of the cornerstones of Americana music. Hiatt's latest album, Same Old Man, is about looking back. On the bouncy opening track, Old Days, Hiatt recounts his adventures opening for blues and jazz legends - sharing a room with Sonny Terry, Mose Allison commenting on his songs and John Lee Hooker sitting his two dates on the stage while Hiatt was playing his set: And that's called 'Evenin' son. I'm the headliner! Hiatt's nostalgia is not mournful. Throughout other tracks Hiatt looks back at the best moments of a romance that has endured and looks ahead. Hiatt has rarely released a bad collection of songs, but Same Old Man is one of the best of his career. Self-produced, the album is friendly and casual. North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson adds guitar chops. Hiatt's daughter Lilly Hiatt, adds harmony vocals on two of the best tracks and John's squirrely vocals sound better and happier than ever. Songwise, Hiatt may not be breaking new ground, but he never seems to strain for a good line. If he resorts to aphorisms, it simply sounds like natural conversation. Sometimes being the same old man is a good thing. --Knoxville News Sentinel

When the book is finally closed on John Hiatt's fabulous career, it will only make sense for someone to etch the words Songwriter Supreme on the cover. Hiatt has been just that for more than three decades, crafting masterpieces like 1987's Bring The Family, but more often just being the picture of consistency. His easy-going, autobiographical writing style surfaces frequently here, starting with the twangy album opener Old Days, which recounts some of his early years on the road, including memories of stars like Sonny Terry and John Lee Hooker, the latter whom Hiatt vividly recalls as walking into a club in Washington with a woman on each arm. This is primarily an acoustic-flavored recording, with Hiatt assisted by drummer Kenneth Blevins, bassist Patrick O'Hearn and multi-instrumentalist Luther Dickinson. Hiatt's daughter Lilly Hiatt provides sublime high harmonies on Love You Again, and the elegant What Love Can Do. The man himself is a slight bit raspier than usual, notably on the Dylan-esque On With You, but not to worry, he's still singing with passion and clarity. Hiatt's gift for crafting near perfect melodies is nearly unmatched and he delivers a dandy in Cherry Red, as well as on the shuffling Ride My Pony.But it is indeed the title track that provides some of the most vivid imagery and one that seems destined to be a classic. Against Dickinson's mandolin, Hiatt sings of a long-time marriage that has endured plenty of trials and tribulations. He's particularly poignant when he sings, I'm still the same old man that you married way back when/(a) few less brain cells, a lot less hair/honey tell me do you still care? As he states clearly, his love still stands and his loyalty endures. The same could be said for his relationship with his fans, for he's earned that loyalty 20 times over during his career. Hiatt may never be an American Idol but he remains an American treasure. The album is also being released as a limited edition 180 gram vinyl record for all you vinyl junkies out there. --Springfield Republican

Disc: 1
1. Old Days 4:02
2. Love You Again 4:13
3. On With You 3:52
4. Hurt My Baby 4.33
5. What Love Can Do 4:12
6. Ride My Pony 3:40
7. Cherry Red 4:09
8. Our Time 4:08
9. Two Hearts 4:18
10. Same Old Man 4:04
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Disc: 2
1. Memphis In The Mean Time
2. Have A Little Faith In Me
3. Tennessee Plates
4. Perfectly Good Guitar
5. Crossing Muddy Waters
6. Cry Love

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B0013YTSDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dubtone on June 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
John Hiatt is the thinking mans Springsteen, he never fails to deliver. This collection as per usual, offers new delights with each listening ... he simply creates songs that wrap themselves around you and etch his lyrics on your brain as you identify with the emotions he delivers.

'Same Old Man' is a coming to terms with life, whether it be past hurt n pain caused to a loved one or just the jaunty groove of 'Thats what love can do'. John Hiatt has created another masterpiece to ease us through lifes ups and downs - its Hiatt as only Hiatt can. Listen till your ears turn cherry red !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on June 7, 2008
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If anyone doubted that John Hiatt has a way with words, those doubts are laid to rest on Same Old Man. As the industry reviewer notes, Hiatt's voice is front and center once again, delivering a clutch of wistful and bittersweet songs of life and enduring love.
The whole CD is mostly first-rate and a la Van Morrison's recent advice, he's keeping it simple. Hiatt has long had a talent for picking the right musicians to back him and on Same Old Man it is no different. The music seems to fit his lyrics like a delicate glove, highlighting them but never overpowering them.
My favorites here are: Old Days, which provides a nostalgic and sometimes comic trip through Hiatt's career; the rocking On With You, the swaying What Love Can Do; the catchy Cherry Red; a good mid-tempo rocker with Two Hearts; and the pleading Same Old Man. About the only song I didn't care for is Our Time, which features some great music but some of the hokiest lyrics imaginable. It has to be some kind of inside joke. John?
Some may be vacillating between buying just the CD or this CD/DVD package. My advice is almost always to buy the package, especially when the price differential is so small. That advice holds here. If you buy just the CD you will miss some great early Hiatt performances, several of which feature backing by the outstanding Sonny Landreth.
My favorites on the DVD are the exuberant Memphis In the Meantime, the bluegrass of Crossing Muddy Waters, and the rollicking Perfectly Good Guitar.
The dual CD/DVD sets are often the first to disappear from the market and many are subsequently sold at a substantial mark-up over the original price. If you like John Hiatt, you ought to eat this up. Get the combo package while its still reasonable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derek M. Koch on June 15, 2008
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I just wanted to clarify whats on the DVD.Six songs, two from each time John has performed on Austen City Limits. Which means if You own The Austen City Limits DVD your only getting 4 new songs. Maybe this signals more releases of John Hiatt from this excellent DVD series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Whaley on June 14, 2008
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John Hiatt's new album "Same Old man" is stripped down and raw and basic. The album opens with "Old Days" which just about made me fall off my chair laughing at the wit and humor which Hiatt is able to use telling his story of being the opening act for some of the blues greats in his early years . This album is similiar to other Hiatt albums in one way only ; it is different than every previous John Hiatt album . The songs are well written (as you might expect for Hiatt) and the album has sort of an "un-rehearsed" feel to it that makes it's own atmosphere , and I personally like this very much! I'm looking forward to seeing Hiatt on tour and playing these songs live !

I have read some reviews of this album which it was brought up that Hiatt's voice is "blown out" ... All that I have to say to this comment is that someone must have mistaken John Hiatt for Wayne Newton at some point in their life ! John Hiatts voice sounds like a dump truck load of rocks being unloaded (and always has ) , but I love it! FIVE STARS !!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kake on June 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you enjoy John's music, I am confident that you will enjoy his newest release. To me, his voice just keeps getting better. His music has progressed and this CD may be one of my favorites out of all of his. I will purchase anything that John is a part of and I must say that the samples that you can hear on-line prior to purchasing the CD do not do it justice. I planned on purchasing it no matter what & the entire song was so much better than 30 seconds of a sample. I think that John's fans will enjoy his latest creation. I have not had a chance to watch the DVD but I have seen videos of his performances and look forward to watching it someday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Favre on June 13, 2008
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If you enjoyed Crossing Muddy Waters & Master of Disaster, this will be right up your alley. The sound is good and the writing is sound. A must have for any Hiatt fan! The bonus disc is alright, but not necessarily worth the extra cabbage paid.
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