John Hiatt With Jerry Douglas Band

New album Hiatt and Douglas

John Hiatt – Photo: LTTL
Jerry Douglas – Photo: LTTL



Due MAY 21, 2021

John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band will release Leftover Feelings on May 21, 2021 via New West Records. The eleven-song set was produced by Douglas and recorded at Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

It is a meeting of two American music giants in a legendary setting.  Leftover Feelings reportedly is neither a bluegrass album nor a return to Hiatt’s 1980’s days with slide guitar greats Ry Cooder and Sonny Landreth. There’s no drummer, but plenty of grooves.   

The collaboration follows Hiatt’s excellent 2018 studio album The Eclipse Sessions which added mightily to his impressive discography. Hiatt’s lyrics and melodies have graced more than twenty studio albums, have been recorded by Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, B.B. King & Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, and scores of others, and have earned him a place in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has a BMI Troubadour award, and a lifetime achievement in songwriting designation from the Americana Music Association.

Jerry Douglas is a Dobro master (14 Grammys plus many other accolades) who reinvented the instrument. He has performed on more than 1,500 albums by artists including Ray Charles, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs, and James Taylor. One of his many projects is The Jerry Douglas Band which debuted with the 2017 studio album What If which was nominated for a Grammy Award and the band’s performance at The Festy Experience in 2017, witnessed by LTTL, was breathtaking. Read our interview with Jerry.

Photo: Patrick Sheehan

Historic RCA Studio B was one of the cradles of the “Nashville Sound” in the 1950’s and 60’s. A sophisticated style characterized by background vocals and strings, the Nashville Sound and Studio B played major roles in establishing Nashville’s identity as an international recording centre.

Hitmakers in Studio B included Eddy Arnold, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and more. Songs recorded within its walls span decades, genres and emotions, with Presley’s forlorn “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and Parton’s autobiographical “Coat of Many Colors” among them.  Built when Hiatt was five years old, Studio B was designed for music to be made in real time by musicians listening to each other and reacting in the emotional moment.

That’s what happened here: Five players on the studio floor, making decisions on instinct rather than calculation. “I was immediately taken back to 1970, when I got to Nashville,” said Hiatt upon entering the studio. A half-century ago, Hiatt lived in a ratty, $15-a-week room on Nashville’s 16th Avenue, less than a mile away from RCA and Columbia studios that were the heartbeat of what had come to be known as “Music Row.” “You can’t not be aware of the records that were made there…Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Waylon Jennings doing ‘Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line’ (which is referenced in the new song “The Music is Hot”). But that history wasn’t intimidating, because it’s such a comfortable place to make music.”  

Here’s the video for “All The Lilacs In Ohio” which was filmed at Studio B during the recording sessions.

John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band’s Leftover Feelings will be available across digital platforms, CD, and standard black vinyl. A limited to 750 edition autographed by John Hiatt & Jerry Douglas and pressed on Clear & Black splatter vinyl will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble, a Blue Marble vinyl edition limited to 2,000 copies will be available at Independent Retailers worldwide, while a Gold Marble vinyl edition limited to 700 copies is available for pre-order NOW via NEW WEST RECORDS.  

About Historic RCA Studio B: 
Built in 1957, Historic RCA Studio B operated for 20 years as the recording home of popular music titans. Approximately 18,000 sessions were recorded within its walls, including more than 200 songs by Country Music Hall of Fame member Elvis Presley. First made available to Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum visitors in 1977, the studio was donated to the museum by the late Dan and Margaret Maddox in 1992. Following the Mike Curb Family Foundations’ philanthropic purchase of the studio in 2002, its preservation and public access continues through a partnership between the foundation and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Over the last decade, with donor support, Studio B’s exterior has been renovated and the interior has been designed to reflect its 1960s-era prime. Today, the studio is both a classroom for Nashville-area students and a popular cultural attraction.

Leftover Feelings Track Listing:  

1. Long Black Electric Cadillac 
2. Mississippi Phone Booth
3. The Music Is Hot
4. All The Lilacs In Ohio
5. I’m In Asheville 
6. Light Of The Burning Sun
7. Little Goodnight
8. Buddy Boy
9. Changes In My Mind
10. Keen Rambler
11. Sweet Dream



New album Hiatt and Douglas

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