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Rock Picks: Venerable blues cat John Hiatt plays The Clayton Center

John Hiatt
John Hiatt Photo by Michael Wilson

Growing beyond youthful angry snark is a tricky transition for any songwriter, but John Hiatt has managed it better than most. More than four decades into a recording career that began with songs like “I Killed an Ant With My Guitar,” Hiatt comes across nowadays as a venerable blues cat who exudes a sort of unpretentious everyman anti-cool. And that sandpaper sweet-and-sour yowl of his is equal parts heart and wiseacre commentary. Hiatt will sing it live Friday at The Clayton Center.

Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $45. See theclaytoncenter.com for details.

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