Same old man

By Allan I. Ross
John Hiatt brings his distinctive blend of blues, rock and country to Wharton on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Courtesy photo.

AUDIO: An interview with singer/songwriter John Hiatt before his Tuesday show at Wharton

Monday, Oct. 28 — For 44 years, John Hiatt has produced an incomparable blend of blues, rock, country and bluegrass. The Indiana native has forged a career cranking out an album every couple years or so, with each of the last three years seeing an album of new material.

If his name doesn't ring a bell, you've certainly heard his music. His most famous song is the plaintive ballad, "Have a Little Faith in Me," off his 1987 album "Bring the Family." His songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including the Jeff Healy Band and Bonnie Raitt. His originals have appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows — probably most memorably, his "Alone in the Dark" served as the soundtrack to Jamie Lee Curtis' striptease in "True Lies."

On Tuesday, Hiatt returns to the Wharton Center for an intimate performance with his sometimes touring partner, Lyle Lovett. Last week, Hiatt took some time for a phone interview to talk about a lifetime of performing, macabre song inspirations and fans who've named their cats after one of his songs.

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29


Wharton Center, MSU campus