John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
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John Hiatt


John Hiatt, who the Los Angeles Times calls "one of rock's most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years," released his latest album Terms Of My Surrender in July 2014. Hiatt, a master lyricist and satirical storyteller, weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales ranging in topics including redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering, on his terms. The new record is musically rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by Hiatt's soulful, gritty voice, which mirrors the gravity of his reflective lyrics.

Hiatt's songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt ("Thing Called Love"), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (#1 country hit, "The Way We Make A Broken Heart"), the Jeff Healey Band ("Angel Eyes"), and even the cartoon bear band of Disney's film, The Country Bears. He earned a Grammy nomination for Crossing Muddy Waters, while B.B. King and Eric Clapton shared a Grammy for their album Riding With The King, the title track from which was a Hiatt composition. Hiatt has received his own star on Nashville's Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was saluted at the Indiana Governor's Arts Awards.

The rock-country-blues fusion album Bring The Family - performed with Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner - was Hiatt's first charted effort, and he was subsequently named Best Male Vocalist in Rolling Stone's annual Critics Poll. In the last few years Hiatt has released Same Old Man, The Open Road, Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns and Mystic Pinball all to critical acclaim as All Music Guide declares "And for a guy who has cranked out four studio albums in five years, Hiatt is having a great run as a songwriter..."

And in recent years he's done series of shows with Lyle Lovett, "our little Smothers Brothers comedy show," that's brought out other spins on his art, though elements already familiar to those who've been there all along. Alternately bemused and profound, he's a self-aware chronicler of both his own and others' stumbles and epiphanies, the tales richer with each step forward.


Find more info at: johnhiatt.com




Taj Mahal


In September 2014, some 50 years after moving to Los Angeles to form the band Rising Sons with fellow blues musician Ry Cooder and Jessie Lee Kincaid, Taj Mahal hightailed it to Nashville to receive an honor he called "one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could ever happen in my life." Celebrating decades of recording and touring that have nearly singlehandedly reshaped the definition and scope of the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, the two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.

The night at the legendary Ryman Auditorium capped another extraordinary year for Mahal, which began with a performance at the Gregg Allman Tribute Concert in Atlanta and included playing on the entire Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas album; performing as part of the Bonnaroo Superjam on a bill featuring Derek Trucks with Chaka Khan, Eric Krasno from Soulive, renowned R&B/blues session drummer James Gadson, David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Susan Tedeschi; and playing and recording with Van Morrison in Dublin.

Since the release of 2008's Maestro, his most recent studio recording which received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Mahal has been busier than ever touring and recording at a whirlwind pace with old friends and fellow musical sojourners. In 2010, after being nominated for Entertainer of the Year by the Blues Foundation, he joined Jimmy Fallon's Late Night studio band The Roots as a special musical guest on the Rolling Stones classic "Shine a Light." He also opened in Lake Tahoe for Bob Dylan. One of the highlights of the following year as performing a special opening solo set for Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center; Mahal also performed several songs with his two fellow legends. The concert was recorded and released as a CD and CD/DVD entitled Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues - Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center.

In 2012, Mahal joined the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix tour for a three week run that included performances by Buddy Guy, Dweezil Zappa, Robby Krieger, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Keb' Mo' and Living Colour. Energized anew after the Sony Legacy release of two collections celebrating the riches and rarities of his musical legacy - the two disc set The Hidden Treasures of Mahal Mahal 1967-1973, featuring a full live 1970 concert from Royal Albert Hall, and The Complete Columbia Albums Collection box set, featuring all of his LPs from 1968-1976 - the bluesman enjoyed a wildly productive 2013, performing as a featured guest at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden where over 30 of the world's greatest guitarists played sidemen to each other over two nights. Mahal jammed with The Allman Brothers Band featuring David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos and in a special unplugged acoustic set with Keb' Mo'. He capped the year with "An Evening with Taj Mahal" at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Taj Mahal was born Henry St. Claire Fredericks, Jr. and grew up in Springfield Massachusetts. In the early 60s, he studied agriculture (minoring in veterinary science and agronomy) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, part of the genesis of his interest in performing regularly at Farm Aid concerts. In 1968, he performed in the classic film "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus."

Mahal released a series of recordings with the Phantom Blues Band, including Dancing the Blues (1993), Phantom Blues (1996), and the two GRAMMY winners, Senor Blues (1997) and the live Shoutin' in Key (2000). Overall, he has been nominated for nine GRAMMY Awards. His 2008 recording Maestro marked the 40th anniversary of his recording career and featured performances by Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley and others - many of whom have been directly influenced by Mahal's music and guidance.


Find more info at: tajblues.com





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