The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 25, 2013

The Community Arts Center gets ‘unplugged’ with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt


— WILLIAMSPORT — Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt come together for an intimate “unplugged” concert at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

Tickets range from $37.50 to $65 and can be purchased at www.caclive.com, at the box office located at 220 W. Fourth St., downtown Williamsport, or by calling (570) 326-2424 or (800) 432-9382.

Lovett and Hiatt have been touring together periodically since 1989.

A singer, composer and actor, Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a way that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. Among his many accolades, besides four Grammy awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.

Garden & Gun recently called Lovett “one of America’s most beloved singer/songwriters,” and he was featured in the coveted “What I’ve Learned” column in the February 2012 issue of Esquire.

Lovett has been touring in support of “Release Me” since its release last February. The album was #1 for several weeks on the Americana charts.

Hiatt, who has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years,” released a compilation titled “Here To Stay – Best of 2000-2012” in November. The 17-track collection is comprised of key singles and live show favorites such as “Crossing Muddy Waters,” “Master Of Disaster,” “What Love Can Do,” “We’re Alright Now” and the previously unreleased title track, “Here To Stay,” featuring Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa on guitar.

Hiatt has long been a favorite songwriter amongst musicians and many of his songs have been or recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Milsap, Iggy Pop, the Neville Brothers, Rosanne Cash (the #1 country hit, “The Way We Make A Broken Heart”), the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”), Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt, and even the cartoon bear band of Disney’s 2002 film, “The Country Bears.” He earned a Grammy nomination for his album “Crossing Muddy Waters” and shared a Grammy with B.B. King and Eric Clapton for their album “Riding With The King,” the title track from which was a Hiatt composition.

Hiatt was honored with his own star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame and his legacy was even further cemented with the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting and his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Hiatt, who has been on tour since June in support of the critically acclaimed album “Mystic Pinball” reunited with longtime friend Lovett for the aptly titled tour “An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.” The run began Oct. 22 in Vermont and will end on the West Coast.