Last Updated on August 26, 2022
John Hiatt and The Jerry Douglas Band – Leftover Feelings
Release Date: May 21, 2021
Eighteen years ago, beneath John Hiatt’s gruff exterior, he did his best thinking when sitting on his ass. Nothing has changed with ‘Leftover Feelings’, the first collaboration between Hiatt and dobro master and 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas.
Fifty years ago and before hanging around the observatory, Hiatt lived in a ratty, $15-a-week room on Nashville’s 16th Avenue, less than a mile away from the RCA and Columbia studios that were the heartbeat of what had come to be known as “Music Row.”
John Hiatt has a story about twenty miles long and a tune like a No. 1 song with the stunning song “The Music Is Hot”. There’s also a deeply personal one, “Light of the Burning Sun,” about the suicide of Hiatt’s eldest brother, and the resulting dissolution of his family.
The album answers the question Hiatt posed thirty years ago in “Listening to Old Voices”: “Is it true we are possessed by all the ones we leave behind, or is it by their lives we are inspired?”
The answer is “Yes.”
Here, then, is a meeting of bruised and triumphant American giants creating the meant-to-be: Love songs and road songs, sly songs and hurt songs.
John Hiatt – Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
Jerry Douglas – Dobro, Lap Steel, and Backing Vocals
Daniel Kimbro – Bass, Tic-Toc Bass, and String Arrangements
Mike Seal – Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Christian Sedelmyer – Violin and String Arrangements
Carmella Ramsey – Background Vocals