30 days, 30 albums... John Hiatt - Riding with the King

John Hiatt is one of my favourite songwriters, and he’s renowned for classic albums like Bring the Family, chock-full of well-crafted epics. This one, though, is my favourite – I used to go and see Freddie White sing these songs (Love Like Blood, She Loves the Jerk, etc) and when I found the original album it became one of my turntable favourites for many years. It has a touch of the Elvis Costellos about it – a little spiky and New Wave-y in places thanks to the Nick Lowe production. But the songs are superb, soul-influenced things. It’s hard to lay hands on these days, so my old vinyl copy remains precious to me.