Legendary bluesman widely respected

LEGENDARY American rock guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter John Hiatt was a must-see act for Thursday night at Bluesfest.

Performing to a sea of mostly middle-aged men in pork pie hats, Hiatt, himself in a porkie, played a variety of his old hits and the inevitable new and unknown songs.

Hiatt's distinctive Nashville-style voice was both recognisable and seductive, his band The Combo, clearly talented and tight.

The audience was moderately appreciative, but that increased to almost rapturous when Hiatt pulled out the big guns in his repertoire, Have a Little Faith in Me and Feels Like Rain.

It was amusing to see the mostly older men swaying and misty-eyed to the more romantic and familiar songs from John Hiatt.

Bluesfest is a good fit for this particular artist. Hiatt is probably one of the more authentic and respected blues artists on the 2012 line-up and while he is not widely known, he is widely respected.



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