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Beneath This Gruff Exterior
John Hiatt / The Goners
New West Records
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Release Date
October 1, 2015
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Much to his credit, John Hiatt has never strayed very far from the bluesy garage rock roots of his Indiana childhood. That fact is raucously underscored here, a gritty collection that finds the veteran singer/songwriter co-crediting his longtime band, the Goners (guitarist Sonny Landreth, bassist Dave Ranson and Kenneth Blevins on drums) for the first time--and for good reason. While Hiatt's songwriting efforts are typically strong throughout, with gems like "Almost Fed Up With the Blues," "My Dog and Me," "My Baby Blue," and "The Most Unoriginal Sin" (originally recorded by Willie Nelson in ‘93) showcasing his tough wit and tender heart, this is decidedly a band effort from the rollicking first notes of "Uncommon Connection." Recorded live in the studio, Hiatt and the Goners evoke everything from chugging Sun Records' shuffles to swampy Delta blues, early Ry Cooder and the Band, all of it informed by the almost telepathic sense of interplay these musicians have developed over decades of touring. This is easily the most overtly rocking album of Hiatt's career, but one that hasn't sacrificed an ounce of soul for its joyous energy.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Uncommon Connection John Hiatt / The Goners 4:12 Buy

    Uncommon Connection

  2. 2 How Bad's the Coffee John Hiatt / The Goners 3:56 Buy

    How Bad's the Coffee

  3. 3 The Nagging Dark John Hiatt / The Goners 3:15 Buy

    The Nagging Dark

  4. 4 My Baby Blue (feat. The Goners) John Hiatt 4:36 Buy

    My Baby Blue (feat. The Goners)

  5. 5 My Dog and Me John Hiatt / The Goners 3:15 Buy

    My Dog and Me

  6. 6 Almost Fed Up With the Blues John Hiatt / The Goners 4:37 Buy

    Almost Fed Up With the Blues

  7. 7 Circle Back (feat. The Goners) John Hiatt 4:30 Buy

    Circle Back (feat. The Goners)

  8. 8 Window on the World John Hiatt / The Goners 3:36 Buy

    Window on the World

  9. 9 Missing Pieces John Hiatt / The Goners 4:06 Buy

    Missing Pieces

  10. 10 Fly Back Home John Hiatt / The Goners 4:45 Buy

    Fly Back Home

  11. 11 The Last Time John Hiatt / The Goners 4:53 Buy

    The Last Time

  12. 12 The Most Unoriginal Sin John Hiatt / The Goners 4:15 Buy

    The Most Unoriginal Sin

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