Entertainment behind the scenes
Not so long ago, John Hiatt was assured of a packed house whenever the acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter ventured out to Los Angeles every year or so. The House of Blues on the Sunset Strip was often the scene of many raucous, sweaty sing-alongs, but times have changed.
Monday night, a few hundred fans — including long-time devotee, radio comic Adam Carolla — turned up at the 1,000-capacity venue in West Hollywood to watch Hiatt and his three-man band, the Ageless Beauties.
The two-hour show was designed to promote Hiatt’s new album, “Same Old Man,” and he performed a few well-received tunes from the disc, including “Old Days,” a witty remembrance of his dues-paying gigs opening for icons like John Lee Hooker and Sonny Terry.
But, inevitably, it was the old stuff that people wanted. And he obliged with such tunes as “Tennessee Plates,” “Crossing Muddy Waters,” “Cry Love,” the Bonnie Raitt-popularized “Thing Called Love” and “Have a Little Faith in Me.” He even reworked some of the lyrics of “Slow Turning” for the benefit of a beaming Carolla in the gallery.