Master of Disaster: John Hiatt 

Having not been a John Hiatt fan, I didn't know what to expect from his newest album, Master of Disaster. After I got past his nasal singing tone, I found the CD oddly uplifting and carefree. It is good, old fashioned rock and roll and blues played with guitars, keyboard, harmonica, saxophone and occasional horns. It's the kind of music you want to listen to while drumming your fingers on the steering wheel on a road trip or at a back yard barbeque on a warm summer evening. John Hiatt is best known for his songwriting. Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and B. B. King have all covered his compilations. He has produced 21 albums in three decades and is still touring. He recently performed in the Boise area. In the past, he has been praised by critics and musicians, but has remained somewhat unknown by the public. I do recommend Master of Disaster. A few of my favorite tracks are "Wintertime Blues" and "Thunderbird." To find out more about John Hiatt, go to his Web site at www.johnhiatt.com. You can download some music in the media section of his site. You can also hear his music and buy it at www.newwestrecords.com/hiatt. I guarantee you will have a knee-slapping, toe-tapping experience.

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