Album Review: John Hiatt with the Jerry Douglas Band - Leftover Feelings
Leftover Feelings is an album that plays like a musical memoir.
Singer/songwriter extraordinaire John Hiatt is backed by the Jerry Douglas Band on this collection of Hiatt originals that proves percussive blues and rock ‘n’ roll - like balladic folk, bluegrass and country music - work just fine without drums. And with words telling stories as varied as the music to which they’re set, the album seems a culmination of everything - musical and otherwise - that led to this point.
Douglas’ Dobro co-stars with Hiatt’s lyrics, voice and guitar - there’s plenty of fiddle, banjo and mando, too. But Leftover Feelings is pretty much a Hiatt solo album with an exceptional backing band.
Kicking off with “Long Black Electric Cadillac,” Hiatt offers part two of his Little Village burner “Solar Sex Panel,” thus making renewable energy sexy again. “I’m in Asheville” is a heart-rendering story - I’m sorry/I wanted this with you, a rueful Hiatt rasps - of love doomed to failure.
At times raucous, other times languid; embracing grimy blues (“Mississippi Phone Booth”), folksy spirituality (“Light of the Burning Sun”) early rock ‘n’ roll (“Little Goodnight”) and much of everything in between, Leftover Feelings leaves little to the imagination.
Grade card: John Hiatt with the Jerry Douglas Band - Leftover Feelings - B+