John Hiatt brings country fun to the Busch Gardens Wine and Food Festival

John Hiatt

By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent

Venue: Busch Gardens Wine and Food Festival Concert Series, Tampa, Florida. Sunday, March 20, 2017

John Hiatt

John Hiatt doesn’t fit a genre very well, or any other pigeonhole. He won the 2000 Nashville Music Awards Songwriter/Artist of the Year, the 2008 Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, and has had songs covered by artists as diverse as Aaron Neville, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Chaka Khan, Dave Edmunds, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, Jeff Healey, Jewel, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Cocker, Keith Urban, Linda Ronstadt, Mandy Moore, Nick Lowe, Paula Abdul, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Searchers, Three Dog Night, and Willie Nelson. He’s also released 22 albums of his own, from rock to blues to country, but Sunday’s concert was definitely leaning to the country side although a look at his percussionist/back-up singer’s “best hair of the bunch” will tell you all is not what it seems! At times, John sounded like a good old country boy, other times he let slip his wild side, and brought the crowd in,  many of whom were younger and had come to see Jason Isbell and begging for more!

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Brent Michael