John Hiatt is a powerful singer, guitarist & talented songwriter; he has released eighteen studio albums and two live albums. His songs have been covered by a variety of artists in multiple genres, including Bob Dylan, Willy DeVille, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Willie Nelson, Three Dog Night, Joan Baez, Paula Abdul, Buddy Guy, the Desert Rose Band, Jimmy Buffett, Mandy Moore, Iggy Pop, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rosanne Cash, Suzy Bogguss, Jewel, Aaron Neville, Jeff Healey, Keith Urban, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan and many others. The Dutch singer/songwriter Ilse DeLange recorded the album Dear John with nine of his songs.
In a career that has now spanned more than 30 years, he has scaled the musical spectrum, recording rock, acoustic, folk, new wave and Mississippi Delta blues. He has performed with Nick Lowe & Ry Cooder.
Hiatt has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has been awarded a variety of other distinctions in the music industry: The B. B. King/Eric Clapton album Riding w/ the King was awarded a Grammy (Best Traditional Blues Album) on the strength of John's title track. Nominated for a Grammy in 2001 (Best Contemporary Folk Album) for Crossing Muddy Waters. He was named artist/songwriter of the year at the Nashville Music Awards in 2000. In 2008, he received the Americana Music Association: Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. He remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters.
Hiatt's touring band, which he simply calls the Combo, (for lack of a better name,he says) are the same musicians he called to record The Open Road, with him in the summer of 2009. Said combo includes Doug Lancio on guitar, Kenneth Blevins on drums and Patrick O'Hearn on bass. They are the best band I've ever had, Hiatt says of the combo... and they are!