The Ryman may be best known as The Mother Church of Country Music, but it also graces the city with a dash of blues and jazz more often than you might think. Case in point:the upcoming August 23 appearance of John Hiatt and Taj Mahal.
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John Hiatt and The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio will perform in concert at the Ryman Sunday, August 23 at 7:30pm. Ticket prices start at $35.50 and can be purchased through the Ryman’s website.
Taj Mahal has made several Nashville appearances over the years, and performed on the Ryman stage last year as part of the Americana Music Honors and Awards. The upcoming concert will be the first time he’s played a full set at the Ryman, however, and he’s sounding great these days!
In September 2014, Taj Mahal hightailed it to Nashville to receive an honor he called “one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could ever happen in my life.” The two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.
Mahal’s career has been full of and defined by colorful twists and turns, unexpected whimsical ventures and a commitment to a muse that has long preferred freewheeling innovation to conformity. “What inspires me most about my career is that I’ve been able to make a living playing the music that I always loved and wanted to play since the early 50s,” Mahal says. “And the fact that I still am involved in enjoying an exciting career at this point in time is truly priceless.”
Headlining the show will be John Hiatt and the Combo. John Hiatt, who the Los Angeles Times calls “…one of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years,” release his latest album “Terms of My Surrender” last summer. The album is rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by Hiatt’s soulful, gritty voice, which mirrors the gravity of his reflective lyrics. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (#1 country hit, “The Way We Make A Broken Heart”) and the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”).
Although known for much more than blues, Hiatt in fact plays a mean blues, as seen in this video clip from his 2013 Franklin Theatre appearance.