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Love Fuels Hiatt's New Album

Of the Oakland Press

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John Hiatt’s new album, “Same Old Man,” is all about being in love — with, of all people, his wife.

“It’s a love fest,” says the veteran singer-songwriter and father of three, who’s perhaps best-known for writing Bonnie Raitt’s 1989 hit “Thing Called Love.”

“Twenty-two years and it just keeps getting better. The last kid left the house, man. We finally had some free time, me and the missus, and we’ve just been acting like a couple of kids. So I wrote a bunch of love songs.

“Every day it’s a revelation. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe how amazing love is ... the redemptive qualities. I can’t believe a schmo like me can know such love.”

On “Same Old Man,” Hiatt — who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Songwriting Award from the Americana Music Association on Sept. 18 — also took the opportunity to produce himself for the first time ever, working in Nashville with a troupe of ace players as well as his daughter Lilly, who sings harmony on two songs

“I figured it was time for me to (produce),” Hiatt says. “I just didn’t want to collaborate with anybody, which is what I’d done on a lot of different albums. I like collaborating, but this time I had this sort of way of doing it in mind.

“So I figured it was time to give it a shot and take the credit — or take the blame, as the case may be. It was mostly just exciting and fun. It was a great learning experience.”

John Hiatt & the Ageless Beauties perform at 8 p.m. Thursday (June 26) as part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival at the Power Center, 121 Fletcher St. Tickets are $38-$52. Call (734) 764-2538 or visit www.annarborsummerfestival.org.

Web Site: www.annarborsummerfestival.org

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