Lilly Hiatt steps out of her father’s shadow with ‘Royal Blue’

Lilly Hiatt‘Royal Blue’
Lilly Hiatt (Normaltown)
3.5 stars out of 5

Lilly Hiatt knew she had some pretty big shoes to fill when she decided to become a professional musician and follow in the footsteps of her famous father, acclaimed singer/songwriter John Hiatt. After making a minor splash with her 2012 debut “Let Down,” she comes into her own on excellent sophomore slab “Royal Blue.”

Lilly Hiatt CDWith a sound that incorporates elements of country, alt-rock, Americana and folk, Hiatt apparently inherited her eclectic approach to making music from her dad. She said he has proven helpful in her quest to carve out a career.

“We have a really good relationship, and there’s a lot of trust there,” Lilly explains. “So I feel comfortable talking to him about certain songwriting predicaments. I played him some songs I was trying to write, and he said, ‘These are really good, but it sounds like you’re trying to do something different. You don’t have to come up with special chords or anything. Why don’t you just be you?’ That was simple advice, but good advice.”

Hiatt comes out of the gate firing with keepers “Far Away” and “Off Track,” and later delivers the goods on “Get This Right,” the wonderfully titled “Jesus Would’ve Let Me Pick the Restaurant,” “Heart Attack,” “Machine” and “I Don’t Do Those Things Anymore.” (Jeffrey Sisk)

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