He hasn't turned me into a fan, but like mtm said, he's written tunes that Nick Lowe and also Marshall Crenshaw recorded, 2 guys that I am a big fan of. I thought he was pretty good in Little Village, I wish they had stayed together to become The Next Big Thing, lol.
I did think Hiatt was mis-cast to contribute to Will The Circle Be Unbroken? Vol. 2 from '89, I can think of about 7 or 8 other bona fide bluegrass guys that should have been included instead.
I gotta hear more good stuff before I just start laying out my dough regularly for Hiatt though.
not shmingking of gin