11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Lilly Hiatt

Lilly HiattLilly Hiatt doesn’t hide the fact that she is the daughter of the great singer-songwriter John Hiatt. In fact, I have been lucky to see her open a few local shows for her Dad. Currently, the young Nashville songstress is making a major splash with her latest record, Trinity Lane, produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope. And, as the favorable reviews of her record continue to pour in, she and her band are out hitting the road in support.

Music City music people are also taking notice of Lilly. After seeing her recent in-store at Grimey’s, Bill DeMain later spoke of Lilly on his recurring BBC Radio Scotland segment on Nashville saying “Lilly kind of picks up where her Dad leaves off. She’s got that same black humor and same sort of mix of country, rock and soul.” In his response to our “11 Questions,” British rocker and current East Nashvillian Robyn Hitchcock picked Lilly as an artist he’d like to join him in the round at the Bluebird.

It is a pleasure to have Lily participate with “11 Questions.” I encourage you to listen to the redemptively confessional songs on this great new record. It’s her third and is about to really break her career wide open.


Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I am actually originally from Nashville, believe it or not. I was born in LA, but my Dad moved us here when I was a one-year old.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

The first record I bought…hmmm, I wish I could remember, there have been so many. I do remember one of the first records I was given, which was Nirvana’s Nevermind on cassette by my brother when I was six for Christmas!  The most recent record I bought was one of my Dad’s Y’all Caught, also on cassette, as a gift for my boyfriend who still rocks a cassette player.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

First show was my Dad. Last big show was My Morning Jacket and Margo Price at Ascend, but I’ve seen tons of small shows since then, I guess making the last one I saw Brian Dunne, the sweet and talented kid who opened for us last night.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame? Margo Price who has worked her ass off. Ken Levitan who has done a whole lot for the town’s music industry. Amanda Shires. Jason Isbell. Aaron Lee Tasjan. Erin Rae. (basically, I want all my friends on that Walk of Fame). So proud that Dad has a star.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

For coffee, Headquarters off Charlotte (I work there!!). Pizza, Five Points.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

Ahhhh! These questions are so hard. Neil Young’s Harvest.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Waffle House

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Aaron Lee Tasjan, John Condit and Erin Rae.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

I love the Basement and Basement East. The 5 Spot is always fun.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

John Moreland because he’s one of my fave people. But, he’s a Tulsa boy.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

Writing tons of songs and playing them for whoever will listen. Hey, if Miranda Lambert wants to cut a tune, or any other starlet, get it girl!


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