One of the longest-gestating singer/songwriters of the last quarter-century, and one of the best, John Hiatt went to Nashville in 1970 to write songs. He signed with Epic and made two albums, which demonstrated his powerful songwriting ability, but didn't draw customers. A stint with MCA in Los Angeles in the late '70s produced another pair of albums, and a contract for Geffen in the early '80s produced three, still without a breakout success. Then, in 1987, Hiatt went into the studio with old friends Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe (plus drummer Jim Keltner) and came out with his first chart album, Bring the Family. That album's follow-ups, including 1988's Slow Turning and 1993's Perfectly Good Guitar, demonstrated Hiatt's continuing maturity as a writer and his flowering as a performer, resulting in some of the best singer/songwriter rock of the era.