The SOR Glossary of JH Acronyms
The following is a compendium of acronyms bandied about on the
Shot-of-Rhythm mailing list. They refer to people,
places, and things that are familiar to most Hiatt aficianados. When
somebody says LV, we all just know what
This list serves two purposes. First, consider it your own personal
super-secret decoder ring for the SOR mailing
list. Second, these acronyms symbolize things that are important to
the work and art of John Hiatt. That is, these represent things that
are so important and discussed so frequently that they have become
acronymized [sic]. The acroynms, therefore, become a checklist of
things you might find useful.
- Like, you really gotta ask???
- BR - Bonnie Raitt
- Singer and slide guitarist. Like JH, backed by a cult
following for decades and decades. Broke through with the
1989 "Nick of Time" album (c.f. BTF),
winning huge audiences, stadium gigs, and a boatload of Grammys.
Recommended: Sweet Forgiveness (1977), Nick of Time (1989).
- BTF - Bring the Family
- JH's 1987 album that is significant for many reasons. It
marks, what some would call, the beginning of his "introspective"
songwriting period. It was his first album released for A&M.
It contains "Thing Called Love", the song that Bonnie Raitt
would cover and garner her a Grammy. (It contains "Memphis
in the Meantime" -- the namesake of this mailing list.) It
brought together an incredible collection of sidemen (Ry
Cooder, Jim Keltner, and Nick Lowe) who would later reunite
as the band LV. And, simply
put, many people believe it is a jewel among gems -- the best
album and songwriting JH has produced.
- LV - Little Village
- Name of band and album released in 1992. Includes all
four musicians from BTF. A
good album. A great album. Both listeners and the musicians,
however, had "supergroup" hopes (a la Blind Faith) and LV
never quite lived up to that. Rumours abound that the pressure
lead to a falling out among the principals -- but JH has been
quoted saying that all four would like to do an LV2. *If*
you could find a place and time to get all four busy people
- PGG - Perfectly Good Guitar
- JH's latest release (1993). An emergence from his
three-album "introspective" phase (c.f.
LV), and, in some ways, a
throwback to his earlier, hard-driving style. Yet, the
songwriting maintains the wit, charm, and cleverness of his
prior work. Followed by a highly aggressive (and well received)
year-long concert tour.
- RC - Ry Cooder
- Acknowledged as one of the meanest slide guitarists on
the face of the planet. There are many intertwinings between
the careers of JH and RC. JH has served in RC's touring band.
RC has covered JH's work. RC played on BTF and wrote the liner notes of
"Y'All Caught?" (1989). The two joined forces in LV.
Recommended: Bop Till You Drop (1979).
- RWTK - Riding With The King
- [need somebody to author this entry]
- SOR - Shot-of-Rhythm
- Internet electronic mailing list for the discussion of
JH, and producer of this list.
Contributors to this glossary are:
- Chip Rosenthal <email@example.com>
- Mike Lempriere <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Jay Hipps <email@example.com>
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