Indiana music icon John Hiatt previews album with dobro master Jerry Douglas

John Hiatt performed at bygone Indianapolis venues such as Loaves and Fishes on Indiana Avenue and the Hummingbird Cafe on Talbott Street. Photo provided by New West Records

John Hiatt, who grew up in Indianapolis near the intersection of 57th Street and Central Avenue, didn’t work in isolation during the pandemic.

Known for signature songs “Have a Little Faith in Me” and “Real Fine Love,” Hiatt will release a collaborative album with the Jerry Douglas Band this spring.

The album, titled “Leftover Feelings,” is scheduled for release May 21. The project’s first single, “All the Lilacs in Ohio,” arrived Wednesday. Douglas applies his unparalleled dobro guitar skills to the unplugged rendition of “Lilacs,” a song Hiatt originally recorded for his 2001 album “The Tiki Bar is Open.”

Hiatt, who received the Americana Music Association’s lifetime achievement award for songwriting in 2008 and became a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer the same year, dipped into his catalog for one other “Leftover Feelings” track. The song “Little Goodnight” first appeared as a B-side after Hiatt issued his “Perfectly Good Guitar” album in 1993.

Douglas, known for his work with Alison Krauss & Union Station, and his supporting cast joined Hiatt at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B to record “Leftover Feelings.” Presently operated by the non-profit Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B was the site of recordings sessions by Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins.

“Leftover Feelings” will be Hiatt’s first studio recording since 2018’s “The Eclipse Sessions.” His resume includes many compositions that other artists popularized, including Bonnie Raitt’s cover of Hiatt’s “Thing Called Love” and the Jeff Healey Band’s rendition of “Angel Eyes.”

“Leftover Feelings” is available for pre-order at newwestrecords.com.

THE BEAT WITH DAVE LINDQUIST 3/8/21

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Monday night, Dave presents new music from Hearty Har, Taylor McFerrin and Indianapolis band Wife Patrol.

The Beat With Dave LindQuist 3/1/21

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Monday night, Dave presents new music from Coin, Indiana duo Radar Gold and Emma Swift.

Songs played on the March 1 episode:

Coin featuring Faye Webster, “Sagittarius Superstar”

Midnight Sister, “Foxes”

Cleo Sol, “Shine”

Palehound, “How Long”

Major Murphy, “Access”

Claud, “Soft Spot”

Bad Moves, “Muster,”

Radar Gold, “Go On Out”

Q, “Take Me Where Your Heart Is”

Ela Minus, “Dominique”

Emma Swift, “Simple Twist of Fate,”

No-No Boy, “Imperial Twist”

Christian Leave, “Filth”

Sir Woman, “Thinkin’ About Tomorrow”

Mellencamp film and live album will revisit ‘Good Samaritan’ pop-up shows

John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp surprised fans in 2000 by playing free afternoon shows in 10 U.S. cities. Myrna Suarez photo provided by Republic Records

John Mellencamp took his music to the streets in 2000, and an upcoming movie and live album will commemorate the tour that caught many fans off guard.

The Indiana Rock and Roll Hall of Famer announced “The Good Samaritan Tour” will arrive this spring as a documentary film and live album.

Across three weeks in August 2000, Mellencamp played pop-up shows in 10 U.S. cities. Many of the unplugged performances were presented in Downtown business districts.

“You know, (Woody) Guthrie used to go out and play for the workers in the field,” Mellencamp said during a press conference after the tour wrapped up on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. “People don’t work in fields anymore; they work in office buildings. I felt like we were doing the same thing.”

The Bloomington show proved to be the least organic of the tour, thanks to a stage and full amplification prepared at Woodlawn Field. About 10,000 people showed up for the afternoon event on Aug. 31, but that wasn’t the largest “Good Samaritan” crowd.

On Aug. 21, an estimated audience of 15,000 showed up at Daley Plaza in Chicago.

Mellencamp said two tour highlights were Philadelphia and Cleveland. Philadelphia received a nod because Mellencamp, accordion player Mike Flynn and violin player Merritt Lear launched the tour there with zero advance notice.

Cleveland stood out because police officers stood next to the musicians in Public Square, attempting to keep the peace.

“It was the cops and the walkie-talkies,” Mellencamp said. “Photographers were hitting each other. It was stupid, but it was really fun. There was a real, immediate rock ’n’ roll vibe in Cleveland.”

Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey serves as narrator for the “Good Samaritan” documentary. McConaughey appeared in the video that accompanied Mellencamp’s “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)” in 1996, and the actor wore a Mellencamp T-shirt onscreen in the film “A Time to Kill” that same year.

A teaser trailer for the film features Mellencamp’s rendition of “Early Bird Cafe,” a song originally recorded by the Jerry Hahn Brotherhood in 1970.

Mellencamp devoted most of the “Good Samaritan” shows to cover songs, including tunes popularized by Guthrie, Blind Willie Johnson, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Donovan and Eddie Cochran.

Turning to original compositions, Mellencamp released an excerpt of a new song titled “I Always Lie to Strangers” to preview a studio album presently in the works.

The Beat with Dave LindQuist- 2/22/21

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Monday night, Dave presents new music from The Hold Steady, Julien Baker and Celeste.

Songs played on the Feb. 22 episode:

The Hold Steady, “Heavy Covenant”

Goat Girl, “The Crack”

Caiine, “Disengage”

Aaron Lee Tasjan, “Not That Bad”

The Backseat Lovers, “Kilby Girl”

Julien Baker, “Favor”

Celeste, “Love Is Back”

Tune-Yards, “Hold Yourself”

The Backseat Lovers, “Heavy”

Otis Gibbs, “Nine Foot Problem”

Lucero, “Back in Ohio”

New music from Backseat Lovers on THE BEAT WITH DAVE LINDQUIST

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Monday night, Dave presents new music from Laura Jane Grace, Indianapolis band, Bullet Points and The Backseat Lovers.

Songs played on the Feb. 15 episode:

Vistas, “Comfort”

Suzi Wu, “Eat Them Apples”

Laura Jane Grace, “The Swimming Pool Song”

Beach Bunny, “Blame Game”

A Certain Ratio, “Get a Grip”

Made Kuti, “Free Your Mind”

Mamalarky, “Schism Trek”

Bullet Points, “Blood Dreams”

Benee, “Happen to Me”

Arlo Parks, “Caroline”

The Backseat Lovers, “Kilby Girl”

Adrianne Lenker, “Anything”

Friedberg, “Lizzy”

New Music from Brendan Benson on The Beat with Dave Lindquist

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Monday night, Dave presents new music from Brendan Benson, Porridge Radio and Songhoy Blues.

Songs played on the Feb. 8 episode:

The Beths, “Dying to Believe”

Porridge Radio, “7 Seconds”

Brendan Benson, “I Quit”

The Regrettes, “What Am I Gonna Do Today”

Deep Sea Diver, “Lights Out”

James Elkington, “Ever-Roving Eye”

Songhoy Blues, “Worry”

NewDad, “I Don’t Recognise You”

Fontaines D.C., “Televised Mind”

The Wldlfe, “The Other Side”

Gabriels, “Love and Hate in a Different Time”

Lithics, “Hands”

RVG, “Asteroid”


Mike Campbell on The Beat with Dave Lindquist

The BEAT with Dave Lindquist premiered Monday night (Feb. 1) at 7 p.m. This week’s episode included music from Phoebe Bridgers, No Joy and Swamp Dogg. Find the playlist for The Beat with Dave Lindquist on the Playlist Center widget on this page. Dave also spoke with Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Dirty Knobs) .

Guitarist Mike Campbell will never forget one specific Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performance in Indiana, and anyone in the audience probably feels the same way.

Now the leader of hard-charging rock band the Dirty Knobs, Campbell told WTTS about the 2005 show at Ruoff Music Center that was interrupted by a fierce thunderstorm.

When the weather knocked out power during a rendition of signature hit “Refugee,” Campbell said the crowd’s response stunned late music icon Petty and his supporting cast.

“We were playing along and there was this loud ‘Boom,’ you know, and the PA went out and the lights went out,” Campbell said. “So I immediately thought, ‘I guess we’ll have to leave the stage.’ And I could hear them: ‘You don’t have to live …’ The audience just kept singing because we were at the end of the song with the chorus. And we just stood there listening to them. And were amazed. And then soon enough, ‘Boom,’ it all came back on – right on beat – and we kicked back in with them. It’s a memorable night, yeah.”

Songs played on the Feb. 1 episode of “The Beat with Dave Lindquist”:Phoebe Bridgers, “ICU,” Dead Oceans

No Joy, “Nothing Will Hurt”

BC Camplight, “Cemetery Lifestyle”

Lilly Hiatt, “P-Town”

Celeste, “Love Is Back”

Swamp Dogg, “I’d Rather Be Your Used to Be”

The Dirty Knobs, “Irish Girl”

Sports Team, “The Races”

Suzi Wu, “Eat Them Apples”

Richard Edwards, “January”

Gus Dapperton, “Post Humorous”

Bad Moves, “Muster”

Listen every Monday night at 7, for The Beat with Dave Lindquist.