John Hiatt - Live From Austin Tx
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His young band, The Guilty Dogs, matches his energy and virtuosity, especially Michael Ward on guitar, but the endlessly expressive Hiatt is the unquestioned center of this 1993 show. He's completely switched on, goofing and mugging for the audience, whispering, growling, and howling, dancing like a man possessed, playing and singing some of his best songs in a brilliant blend of styles, including folk, country, rock, and funk. You can't take your eyes off him as he rips through 14 great tunes (and the few that weren't hits deserved to be).
Hiatt is well-known for being a songwriter's songwriter, but his delivery puts the seal on the deal. His versions of "Loving a Hurricane," "When You Hold Me Tight," "Memphis In the Meantime," "Something Wild," "Buffalo River Home," "Thing Called Love," "Tennessee Plates," and "Slow Turning" are positively irresistible. He closes with "Perfectly Good Guitar," the title track of the marvelous album that this tour supported. Though he threatens to smash his own guitar, he fortunately changes his mind and ends up rocking it like a baby in his arms.
His dedications are as cockeyed as his lyrics: to Marilyn (a high school crush who never gave him the time of day), to Anita Rodgers Court (late daughter of country music founder Jimmy Rodgers), to Bonnie Raitt (for "keeping tires on the old tour bus"), and even to Barry White (a label-mate who told Hiatt, "If you don't go slow, you got no show.") But he plays only two slow numbers, the soulful opener "Icy Blue Heart" on guitar and "Have a Little Faith in Me" on keyboard, both solo. They're every bit as thrilling as the remaining dozen songs, which are all barn-burners.Read more ›
This is the entire concert that was edited into the thirty minute television broadcast. Looking back Hiatt comes off a little goofy and the dancing has got to stop but the music is dead on perfect. The disc is worth the price just for the terrific rendition of Buffalo River Home.
I watched with the DTS audio mix and the clarity was very good for an almost 15 year old television show. If the rest of the Austin City Limits videos are this well done this will be a concert DVD series to pay attention to.
If you like Hiatt's music or are just curious this one is well worth the money.
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This is a great concert because the songs have a good rock-blues beat. Mr. Hiatt puts his heart into every song. Well worth the price.Published 7 months ago by J. Clark
Was bored one night and was able to catch this show on PBS. I became an instant fan and years later found this DVD. One of my favorites!Published 9 months ago by sandor
I saw Hiatt live at a small venue 2nd row! This dvd reminded me again of that night. He puts on one of thr best shows ever!Published 13 months ago by Jane M. Hoffman
Very entertaining concert from a very talented singer and songwriter.Published 19 months ago by DrunkleNick
Will this man ever receive justice and the recognition he deserves? Great songwriter and puts out consistently great albums. Catch him live.Published 23 months ago by Baljit S. Grewal
Big John Hiatt fan - had never seen him perform live. It was terrific. I have watched it twice and enjoyed it the second time even more.Published on January 3, 2014 by bob mosley