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John Hiatt Returns With “The Eclipse Sessions” This Friday – Rolling Stone Country Premieres Full Album Stream Today I

John Hiatt is set to return with The Eclipse Sessions this Friday, October 12th, 2018 via New West Records. The 11-track set is the Grammy nominated legend’s first new album in four years and Hiatt places The Eclipse Sessions in a lineage alongside two of his greatest works — 1987’s mainstream breakthrough Bring the Family, which sprung from an impulsive four-day session with an all-star combo led by Ry Cooder, and 2000’s Crossing Muddy Waters, an unplanned and largely unplugged effort that garnered a Grammy Award nomination and also set Hiatt on the rootsier path he’s still pursuing today. “The three albums are very connected in my mind,” Hiatt says. “They all have a vibe to them that was unexpected. I didn’t know where I was going when I started out on any of them. And each one wound up being a pleasant surprise.”
There’s a grit to these songs — a craggy, perfectly-imperfect quality that colors every aspect of the performances, right down to Hiatt’s vocals, which are quite possibly his most raw and expressive to date.  The Eclipse Sessions has been met with critical acclaim with Uncut Magazine in the UK awarding it 8 out of 10 stars, saying “From dive-bar romps to plaintive reflection, this is his strongest collection in some time.”  Today, Rolling Stone Country has premiered a full album stream of The Eclipse Sessions.  Hear the album in its entirety HERE.
Since the release of Hiatt’s 1974 debut, Hangin’ Around the Observatory, rarely has more than a year or two passed without a new collection hitting the shelves. But after wrapping up a year of touring in support of 2014’s Terms of My Surrender — the singer-songwriter’s 22nd studio effort overall — he found himself, for the first time in a long time, unsure of what would come next. “I’ve been lost before,” Hiatt says. “Although usually I have some sort of notion or clue where to go. But this time? I had no sense whatsoever.” He continues, “I wanted to spend more time with my family (which includes his critically acclaimed singer-songwriter daughter Lilly). I was aging, with all that entails or doesn’t entail. Stuff was just happening.” During this period of transition Hiatt did compose a new song that closes The Eclipse Sessions – a dusty, road-worn meditation titled “Robber’s Highway” with the ominously prophetic lyrics “I had words, chords and strings / now I don’t have any of these things.”  Hiatt explains, “I was just thinking in terms of somebody who’s out there hammerin’ away with his music, wondering what it’s all coming to.  And maybe the songs just aren’t there anymore…” Fast-forward a few years, however, and it’s clear the songs are still very much there as the 11 tracks presented here demonstrate that the singer-songwriter, now 66-years-old, is only getting better with age, his guitar playing more rugged and rootsy, his words wiser and more wry.
True to its title, Hiatt and his band were hard at work on August 21st, 2017 when a solar eclipse traveled the length of the continental U.S. “I think we recorded three songs that day, and then we took a break to go outside and watch everything happen,” Hiatt says.  What he observed amongst his fellow Nashvillians during that moment of totality — his city was one of a few spots in the U.S. to be plunged into near complete darkness — did give him pause. “It seemed everything stopped for a minute or two,” he says. “It was like a magical little bit of time, a harmonic convergence or something. Like everybody was on the same page.”
Please Share John Hiatt’s
“Cry To Me” Here
“Over The Hill” Here
“Poor Imitation of God” Here
Hiatt will celebrate the release of The Eclipse Sessions with an intimate in-store performance this Friday, October 12th at Grimey’s Records in Nashville, TN. (please visit grimeys.com for details). He will also launch his initial tour dates in support of the album on Saturday, October 20th in New Orleans, LA at the House of Blues (see tour dates below).  The Eclipse Sessions will be available across digital platforms, compact disc, standard black vinyl, as well as a limited split metallic & white vinyl edition available at Independent Retailers. John Hiatt’s The Eclipse Sessions is available for pre-order now via NEW WEST RECORDS.
John Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash, Eric Clapton & B.B. King, and countless others.  He has received his own star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, and has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
John Hiatt The Eclipse Sessions Track Listing: 
1. Cry To Me
2. All The Way To The River
3. Aces Up Your Sleeve
4. Poor Imitation Of God
5. Nothing In My Heart
6. Over The Hill
7. Outrunning My Soul
8. Hide Your Tears
9. The Odds Of Loving You
10. One Stiff Breeze
11. Robber’s Highway
John Hiatt On Tour: 
October 20th – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
October 21st – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
October 22nd – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
October 24th – Washington, DC – City Winery
October 26th – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
October 27th – Wilmington, DE – The Queen
October 29th – New York, NY – City Winery
October 30th – New York, NY – City Winery
October 31st – New York, NY – City Winery
November 2nd – Beverly, MA – The Cabot Theater
November 3rd – Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey @ Lebanon Opera House
November 4th – Homer, NY – Center for the Arts
November 6th – Ottawa, ONT – Centerpointe Theatre
November 7th – Toronto, ONT – Bluma Appel Theatre
November 9th – Carmel, IN – Palladium – The Ctr for the Perf Arts
November 10th – Chicago, IL – City Winery
November 11th – Chicago, IL – City Winery
November 13th – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
November 14th – Nashville, TN – City Winery
November 15th – Nashville, TN – City Winery

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