Writing Songs With John Hiatt

John Hiatt is considered by some to be a "songwriter's songwriter." Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org

John Hiatt has been dubbed by some to be a “songwriter’s songwriter.” In fact, his songs have been recorded by many of the top performers in the music industry including B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt. I thought it would be fun to take a minute or two and recognize the man behind many of the hit songs we know and love, John Hiatt. I came across of a live performance featuring John Hiatt with Sonny Landreth on slide guitar playing his song, “Riding with the King,” that I think you’ll enjoy. Also, there was an article produced in the West Hollywood Patch by Paul Zollo featuring an interview with Hiatt about his songwriting process. For those of you interested in learning a little bit more about Hiatt’s approach to writing all the great songs he has written, you’ll want to read the whole way through. I hope you enjoy it all as much as I did!

John Hiatt and Sonny Landreth got on stage together to perform “Riding with the King.” Check it out now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGt0uAC9FIE&noredirect=1.

John Hiatt has been named a “songwriter’s songwriter,” due to all the hit songs he has written. Plus many other big name artists have gone to him to record his songs as well including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt. West Hollywood Patch produced an article featuring an interview with John Hiatt about his songwriting process at http://westhollywood.patch.com/articles/chatting-with-john-hiattsongwriting-storytelling-and-nonsense. You can see a little bit of it here, but click the link for the full article.

Patch: Has writing songs changed for you over the years?

Hiatt: I think I get more out of it than I ever had. It means more to me. I’m more passionate about it. As you get older, the things you love the most become more important to you. It gets distilled down, and more delicious and more meaningful.

Patch: You’ve been writing songs now for 48 years—

Hiatt: Man. That’s a long time.

Patch: What have you learned about songwriting, having done it for so many years?

Hiatt: I think the main thing I learned is just to let go of the whole thing. When I was younger, there was a time I tried to employ various devices to write songs. As I suppose we all have. Like I got an office once when I came back to Nashville in ’85, because I thought, okay, I got a 1-year-old daughter. I was a single-parent at the time and I needed some money, because frankly, I didn’t know what was gonna happen. So I had an office for about a year. But that didn’t work out so well. But that was a long time ago.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about John Hiatt. If you’re interested in songwriting, this is definitely a good man to follow. I’m sure you would be amazed at just how many songs of his have been recorded by some of the biggest names in the music industry. Subscribe now to Mike’s Guitar Talk to learn more about the guitar, songwriting, and the people that blend them together the best.

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