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BreckCreate: John Hiatt and The Combo come to Breckenridge in September

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Michael Wilson / Special to the Daily

Breckenridge Creative Arts will present an evening with songwriting legend John Hiatt and The Combo on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.

Hiatt's career as a performer and songwriter has spanned more than 30 years, and everyone from Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton to BB King, Bonnie Raitt and Iggy Pop has covered his work. The Los Angeles Times calls him "one of rock's most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years" after the release of his newest album, "Terms of My Surrender," last summer via New West Records.

Hiatt, a master lyricist and satirical storyteller, weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales on his terms, with topics ranging from redemption and relationships to growing older and surrendering. This new record is musically rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by his soulful, gritty voice, which mirrors the gravity of his reflective lyrics.

He and his band, The Combo, have gained a reputation for captivating crowds at their live shows, as described in The Tennessean: "He prowls the stage, delivering the bluesy stuff in a whiskey-burn howl, shouting the rock stuff and fronting a formidable band that can turn, on a dime, from ballads to bombast."

For "Mystic Pinball," Hiatt's 21st studio album, he turned to producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa). Shirley also produced Hiatt's highly-praised "Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns," which The New York Times declared was "his best since 1995." Hiatt relies on the exceptional musical skills of Doug Lancio (electric guitar, mandolin, dobro), Kenneth Blevins (drums and percussion) and Patrick O'Hearn (bass) to play with him on the record.

The Breckenridge engagement of Hiatt and The Combo is part of a new performing-arts series titled BCA Presents, a program of year-round concerts, lectures and special events presented and hosted by Breckenridge Creative Arts and sponsored by the town of Breckenridge. For more information, visit http://www.breckcreate.org.

If you go

What: John Hiatt and The Combo, part of Breckenridge Creative Arts’ BCA Presents series

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Cost: Tickets are $55 or $75 for gold circle seats (first four rows, center section)

More information: Tickets are on sale now at the Riverwalk Center Ticket Office, by phone at (970) 547-3100 or online at http://www.breckcreate.org.