Here to Stay: The Best of 2000-2012

Here to Stay: The Best of 2000-2012

by John HiattJohn Hiatt


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Not many artists move into one of their most fruitful periods at the age of 48, and though John Hiatt has never been a dawdler when it comes to writing songs and making records, after leaving the major-label game with 2000's Crossing Muddy Waters, he became impressively prolific even by his own standards, cranking out eight studio albums of fresh material from 2000 to 2012. Here to Stay: Best of 2000-2012 finds New West Records following the example of nearly every other label Hiatt has worked with in putting together a collection of his highlights from their back catalog (Crossing Muddy Waters and The Tiki Bar Is Open were originally released by Vanguard, but have since been reissued by New West, who put out six subsequent Hiatt discs). If this set doesn't sound like the greatest work of Hiatt's career, Here to Stay confirms what people who have been following his work in the 21st century already knew -- John Hiatt is a consistently strong and compelling songwriter who knows how to bring his music to life in the studio, and he's been cutting a string of tough, thoughtful, satisfying records at a time when most veteran acts are running out of ideas and content to rest on their laurels. Hiatt is a working musician in the best sense of the word, a guy whose embrace of his craft and relationship with his muse is enviable as his recording career edges up on 40 years, and while Here to Stay doesn't sound like the work of a young man, these 17 songs make an advantage of Hiatt's age, experience, and vocal grit, delivering some wicked blues-shot rock that tells a lot of tales worth hearing from a life lived with a certain amount of reckless abandon. Here to Stay includes one new tune, featuring Joe Bonamassa on guitar, which should encourage Hiatt's regular customers to buy 16 tracks they probably already own, but if you lost track of John Hiatt in the '90s and you wonder what he's been up to lately, Here to Stay gives you the answer -- he's been writing songs, making albums, and quietly proving he's still one of the best things American roots rock has to offer, delivering the good like a pro and a prodigy.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2013
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396630028
catalogNumber: 6300
Rank: 8270

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hiatt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals,12-string Guitar,6-string bass
Sonny Landreth   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,E-bow,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Davey Faragher   Bass,Tambourine,Foot Stomping,Vocal Harmony
David Hood   Bass
David Immerglück   Mandolin,Slide Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Vocal Harmony
Jay Joyce   Guitar,Keyboards,Loops
Doug Lancio   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Patrick O'Hearn   Bass,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Jim Spake   Saxophone
Scott Thompson   Trumpet
East Memphis Slim   Keyboards
Arlan Schierbaum   Keyboards
Luther Dickinson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Cody Dickinson   Drums
Kenneth Blevins   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Trash Cans
Jeff Calloway   Trombone
Joe Sallmanberger   Tuba
Doug Henthorn   Background Vocals
Lilly Hiatt   Vocal Harmony
'T-Bone' Tommy Burroughs   Violin
Dave Ranson   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

John Hiatt   Composer,Producer
James Luther Dickinson   Producer
Jay Joyce   Producer
Kevin Shirley   Producer
Don Smith   Producer
Bud Scoppa   Liner Notes
Paul Moore   Art Direction
Goners   Producer

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