John Hiatt’s The Eclipse Sessions is an LP of new material due out via New West Records, with whom Hiatt has been working since 2003. The album is his first in four years, following 2014’s critically acclaimed Terms of My Surrender, which earned Hiatt two Grammy nominations.
Recorded over four days in the summer of 2017 that included the August 21st solar eclipse, the album marks both a period of personal metamorphosis for Hiatt and, in many ways, a musical return to form. Stripping his rootsy sound down to bare bones, Hiatt recorded the album as part of a trio of guitar, bass (Patrick O’Hearn), and drums (Kenneth Blevins).
The Eclipse Sessions is, in many ways, exactly the kind of album we would expect from John Hiatt, but it’s also, as he says, a pleasant surprise. There’s plenty of the familiar rootsy musical stylings and sharp wit we expect from him, but unique arrangements also pop out of the woodwork, reaffirming what fans have known for many years – there’s nobody quite like John Hiatt.