Lilly Hiatt

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Lilly Hiatt
Hiatt at Ohana Music Festival in 2018
Background information
Birth nameLillian Alice Hiatt
Born (1984-04-26) April 26, 1984 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California
OriginNashville, Tennessee
GenresRock music
Country music
Folk music
Years active2005–present
New West Records

Lillian "Lilly" Alice Hiatt[1] (born April 26, 1984)[2] is an American, Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter.[3][4] She is the daughter of singer-songwriter John Hiatt.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Hiatt was born in Los Angeles, California.[6] Her father is singer-songwriter John Hiatt and her mother was film sound editor Isabella Wood. Wood was Hiatt's second wife. Wood, who was at that time separated from John Hiatt, died by suicide when her daughter was almost one year old.[7][8][9]

Hiatt grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, on a farm with her father, his third wife Nancy Stanley Hiatt, older brother Rob, and younger sister Georgia Rae.[7]

Hiatt has played music since she was 12,[10] when her father gave her her first guitar, a 1953 parlor-size Martin.[6]

In 2006, Hiatt graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in psychology.[6]


In 2005, Hiatt formed a band, Shake Go Home, in Denver with fellow students from University of Denver. After graduation, the band moved to Nashville and recorded several EPs. Band members included Hiatt, Eric Knutson on guitar, Jeff Montoya on bass, and John Arrotti on drums.[11] Hiatt relocated briefly to Austin, Texas, but returned to Nashville in 2013.[12][13]

In 2012, Hiatt released her debut album, Let Down. The record was produced by Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Matthew Ryan, Todd Snider).[14]

In 2015, Hiatt released her second album, Royal Blue, on the Normaltown label, an imprint of New West. The record was produced by Nashville producer Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Rayland Baxter, Middle Brother), and was recorded using analog recording technology.[15] Hiatt employed synthesizer as well as pedal steel, and broadened the scope of her style to reflect her musical influences.[16]

Hiatt's band that she recorded her first two records with was called Lilly Hiatt and the Dropped Ponies, and included guitarist Beth Finney, drummer Jon Radford, bass player Jake Bradley, and Luke Schneider on pedal steel.[6]

In 2016, at a mansion in East Nashville, the Luck Reunion organization gathered pairs of musicians to collaborate on songs for a series of 45 rpm singles recorded using analog equipment provided by Third Man Records. Hiatt together with Aaron Lee Tasjan recorded two songs: Guy Clark's "Dublin Blues" and John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery" [17]

In August 2017, Hiatt released her third album, Trinity Lane. The record was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and was recorded on Johns Island in South Carolina.[18] Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope appears on vocals on the track "Everything I Had."[19] The record's title comes from a main street in East Nashville in Tennessee.[9] Hiatt said that although the songs often have a dark subject matter, the record is a rock and roller.[20]

Hiatt used a new band on her album, Trinity Lane. The band members are John Condit on guitar, Robert Hudson on bass, and Allen Jones on drums.[21]

Hiatt has toured with Aaron Lee Tasjan, John Moreland, Drive-by Truckers, Margo Price, and John Prine, as well as many others.

Personal life[edit]

Hiatt lives in East Nashville, Tennessee.[22] She struggled with addiction and became sober in her late 20s.[23]


Solo albums[edit]


Also appears on[edit]

  • 2008: John HiattSame Old Man (New West)
  • 2011: Across Tundras – Sage (Neurot)
  • 2012: Ronnie Fauss – I Am the Man You Know I'm Not (Normaltown)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2018 Americana Music Honors & Awards Emerging Artist of the Year Lilly Hiatt Nominated


  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: Hiatt Lillian Alice". BMI.
  2. ^ "Lillian Alice Hiatt - California Birth Index". FamilySearch. 26 April 1984.
  3. ^ Piper (29 July 2015). "Kids Interview Bands - Lilly Hiatt". Kids Interview Bands.
  4. ^ Hurt, Edd (24 August 2017). "Lilly Hiatt Balances Refined Songwriting and Exploratory Rock on Trinity Lane". Nashville Scene.
  5. ^ Margasak, Peter (3 October 2017). "Lilly Hiatt brings her keen observational powers to a breakup on the new Trinity Lane". Chicago Reader.
  6. ^ a b c d Fox, Randy (2015). "Somebody's Daughter: Lilly Hiatt finds her own path to success". The East Nashvillian.
  7. ^ a b Steinberg, Jacques (19 October 2008). "The Case of John Hiatt: The Lyrics? Pretty Familiar. The Performer? Not So Much". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Deaths: Isabella Wood". Billboard. 11 May 1985. p. 72.
  9. ^ a b Schlanger, Talia (29 September 2017). "Lilly Hiatt On World Cafe" (Includes audio interview). NPR.
  10. ^ "Artist Profile: Lilly Hiatt". Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  11. ^ "Living Legends Music: Information on Lilly Hiatt". Living Legends Music.
  12. ^ Hubbard, Susan (1 December 2015). "Interview: Lilly Hiatt". Mother Church Pew.
  13. ^ Gleason, Holly (27 February 2015). "Lilly Hiatt Royal Blue—March 4". Nashville Arts.
  14. ^ Houle, Zachary (21 January 2013). "Lilly Hiatt and the Dropped Ponies: Let Down". PopMatters.
  15. ^ Spencer, Sloane; Hiatt, Lilly (2 June 2015). "Lilly Hiatt Interview: Country Fried Rock #1514" (Audio interview). No Depression.
  16. ^ Gleason, Holly (3 March 2015). "Lilly Hiatt: Royal Blue Review". Paste Magazine.
  17. ^ Bolen, Bob (12 October 2016). "Magical Musical Moments in a Nashville Mansion". All Songs Considered. NPR.
  18. ^ "Becca Mancari & Lilly Hiatt" (Includes audio podcast). Middle State. 28 April 2017.
  19. ^ a b Ferguson, Maeri (23 August 2017). "Lilly Hiatt Liberates Herself". No Depression.
  20. ^ Rendeiro, Remy (8 August 2017). "Quiet Minds and Safe Havens: A Q&A with Lilly Hiatt". American Songwriter.
  21. ^ a b High, Jewly (17 August 2017). "Review: Lilly Hiatt, 'Trinity Lane'". First Listen, NPR.
  22. ^ Weeks, Isaac (3 November 2017). "Lilly Hiatt was born to be a singer, but she has become a rising star in her own right". The News & Observer.
  23. ^ Bernstein, Jonathan (24 August 2017). "Lilly Hiatt on John Lennon, Sobriety and New Album 'Trinity Lane'". Rolling Stone.
  24. ^ Doole, Kerry (12 October 2012). "Lilly Hiatt and the Dropped Ponies: Let Down". Exclaim!.
  25. ^ Lee, Raymond E. (17 March 2015). "Lilly Hiatt – "Royal Blue"". No Depression.
  26. ^ Ellwood-Hughes, Pip (15 January 2020). "Lilly Hiatt to release new album Walking Proof in March". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  27. ^ "Luck Mansion Sessions 2016. Episode 3: Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lilly Hiatt". Luck Reunion. 2016.

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