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ROOTS ROCK | John Hiatt 

Though couched in a sort of self-induced irony, John Hiatt has always made perfect sense. He is a painfully honest, poetic, hysterical, and unparalleled American treasure. Hiatt's music still chugs along the tracks and dirt roads of classic American music. Before Americana was a term, Hiatt was. After Americana gets swallowed up in another blanket genre, Hiatt will still be. Nobody turns a phrase like — OK, maybe Paul Westerberg or Joe Henry — over simple rock 'n' roll splendor like Hiatt. His latest stab at the truth is "Mystic Pinball." Show up, sing along, have a little faith.

John Hiatt plays the final Party in the Park of the season Thursday, August 8, 5-10 p.m., at the Riverside Festival Site, Court and Exchange. $2.

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