Americana Showcases: John Hiatt, Robert Ellis, Amanda Shires, Shelly Colvin at Cannery Ballroom

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While there’s certainly no doubt that John Hiatt is a true living legend of songwriting, he blazed through his Friday night (Sept. 14) Americana Music Festival showcase slot at Cannery Ballroom like he was trying to make sure there weren’t any lingering questions in anyone’s mind. With his million-watt smile, Hiatt treated the crowd to a handful of new songs from his upcoming Mystic Pinball album and a bunch of tried-and-true favorites.

Being that this was an Americana show, Hiatt made sure to include a few acoustic numbers like one of his new songs, “Blues Can’t Even Find Me,” and even did a pair of songs featuring a mandolin (“Crossing Muddy Waters” and the reggae-tinged “Cry Love”).