Aug 26, 2011
"Sure, I like country music," John Hiatt sang on the first track from 1987's Bring the Family. He wasn't being ironic — he did love hillbilly songs. But like most people who come to Nashville to write for Music Row, he'd had less success than he'd hoped (despite a handful of terrific Rosanne Cash cuts), and after years of trying to guess what country radio wanted, he'd heard too much twang and not enough funk. "I like mandolins," he cried, "but right now I need a Telecaster through a Vibrolux turned up to 10. Let's go to Memphis."