Lilly Hiatt at Gypsy Sally's - 7/22/15

Though she’s the daughter of renowned singer-songwriter John Hiatt – arguably one of the biggest names in modern Americana – Lilly Hiatt is not content to rest on her father’s reputation. Earlier this year she released her powerful sophomore album, Royal Blue, and already the Nashville-based musician is developing a sound which, though it draws heavily on the traditions she grew up in, she’s making her own.

Lilly Hiatt and Reed McMillan performing at Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC - 7/22/15 (photo by Matt Condon)

Backed only by her own acoustic guitar and Reed McMillan on reverb-soaked electric guitar, Hiatt played through a set of songs from both of her releases, opening with “Championship Fighter” and “Young Black Rose” from her first release, Let Down. Highlights of the set included “Too Bad” and “Far Away” from the new album, and “Big Bad Wolf” from the first album. Though the two-guitar format meant a sound significantly stripped down from the full-on rocking album versions, the songs adapted well. Later in the set, Hiatt performed two songs solo acoustic, “Knew You Were Coming” and “The Axe.”

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan opened the show.


All photos by Matt Condon. Click to embiggen.