Medlin Law Firm - June 2020

1968, as a 16-year-old, he quit school and tried to move to California. He was unhappy with his job as a stock boy at an insurance company, and after a brief attempt at New York City life, he ended up in Nashville. Many things happened between Hiat t ’ s s tay in Nashville and “SlowTurning,”


John Hiatt’s ‘Slow Turning’

Gary here. I thought I’d share some more facts about John Hiatt in this article because not only is he one of my favorite artists of all time, but he is also an inspiring American with a real and relevant story to tell. As a nine-time Grammy Award- nominated artist and 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award winner for songwriting by the Americana Music Association, John Hiatt is an inspiration. However, what many people don’t know is that he grew up amid a lot of tragedy. Born in 1952, Hiatt was raised in a Roman Catholic family in Indianapolis, and he was the sixth of seven children. By the time he was 9 years old, he had lost his 21-year-old brother to suicide. By 11, he’d lost his father to illness. Hiatt leaned on music for support. He learned guitar when he was 11; he struggled with obesity as a kid and wanted to win friends. For a time, music felt like the only way he could do that. He was very shy and self-conscious, but for Hiatt, “All of that didn’t exist when I opened my mouth to sing.” He’d put together bands and teach people to play, even if theywere older. Although his grades completely dropped, his mother didn’t resist 12-year-old Hiatt spending time with 17- and 18-year- olds and playing music. He played in several local bands, and in

the album that won himwidespread recognition. He got addicted to vodka and cocaine but signed into rehab and overcame it. His daughter April was born in 1984, and his wife committed suicide in 1985. In 1986, he married Nancy Stanley and had his daughter Georgia Rae in 1988. In 1988, “Slow Turning” came out as a culmination of these life experiences. When asked about the album when it was released, he said, “I’ve changed my focus. I’m not sitting at the bar like I used to, writing about the creature at the other end … In [my last album], I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now I’m out in the light.” In a time where we’d all like to be out in the light, this could be the perfect albumwith which to give John Hiatt a try.

– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.

Paleo Sausage Frittata

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3 tbsp coconut oil

1 lb mild Italian sausage

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated

4 green onions, diced

10 eggs, whisked

Black pepper, to taste


1. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. 2. Crumble sausage into the skillet and cook until browned. 3. Add sweet potato and cook until tender. 4. Add green onion and sauté for 2–3 minutes. 5. Spread this mixture evenly throughout the skillet. Pour eggs over mixture and sprinkle black pepper over top. 6. Cook without stirring for 3 minutes or until bubbly. 7. Transfer skillet to oven and cook under broiler on low until frittata is cooked through.

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