Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

No White Flag

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

No White Flag

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On his latest album, John Hiatt looks back with stylistic debts of gratitude to a few of his blues heroes-Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

"Not that I can even touch the hem of their garments," Hiatt says of Terms of My Surrender, which came out July 15 on New West Records. It marks the 22nd reincarnation for a veteran songwriter whose sound continues to evolve while remaining quintessentially Hiatt-esque.

"I always feel differently about the newest record," Hiatt says. "Each one is kind of a rebirth of sorts. That's what keeps me coming back. I don't know what's coming and I don't know when it's coming, and that's the wonder of the process and what I enjoy the most. It's frustrating and exciting and fulfilling and all that. It's a pretty big thrill, ultimately."

Terms of My Surrender emphasizes Hiatt's trademark growl in service of songs about love and its complications. …

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