Overcoats was singer-songwriter
Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose and sing their own musical material including lyrics and melodies. As opposed to contemporary popular music singers who write their own songs, the term singer-songwriter describes a distinct form of artistry, closely associated with the...

 John Hiatt
John Hiatt
John Hiatt is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including New Wave, blues and country. Hiatt has been nominated for several Grammy Awards - although he has never won- and has been awarded a variety of other...

's second album, released in 1975. It was his second and last album for Epic Records
Epic Records
Epic Records is an American record label, owned by Sony Music Entertainment. Though it was originally conceived as a jazz imprint, it has since expanded to represent various genres. L.A...


Track listing

All tracks written by John Hiatt
  1. "One More Time" – 3:40
  2. "Smiling in the Rain" – 4:19
  3. "I'm Tired of Your Stuff" – 3:36
  4. "Distance" – 3:34
  5. "Down Home" – 3:11
  6. "Overcoats" – 6:50
  7. "I Want Your Love Inside of Me" – 3:12
  8. "I Killed an Ant With My Guitar" – 3:26
  9. "Motorboat to Heaven" – 5:27
  10. "The Lady of the Night" – 3:10


  • John Hiatt - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
    Electric guitar
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    , twelve-string guitar, percussion, piano
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    , vocals
  • Tracy Nelson
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    -Youth in Wisconsin:Nelson was born and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. There she first learned about R&B music from WLAC radio in Nashville. In her teens, Nelson sang folk music in coffeehouses and with a group called The Fuller's Wood Singers and was lead singer in a band called The Fabulous...

     – background vocals
  • Samuel Boghossian – viola
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  • Shane Keister
    Shane Keister
    Shane Keister is an American musician. He is known for his work as a studio musician, writer, arranger and producer. He plays synthesizer, piano, Hammond B3, Synclavier, Fairlight, Fender Rhodes, and others.-History:...

     – piano, electric piano
    Electric piano
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    , moog synthesizer
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    , Fender Rhodes
  • Jesse Ehrlich – cello
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  • Bobby Emmons – organ
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  • Gene Estes – marimba
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  • Allan Harshman – viola
  • Irving Kane – trombone
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  • Norman Ray – baritone saxophone
    Baritone saxophone
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  • Ted Reynolds – bass guitar
    Bass guitar
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    , kabassa
  • Sadie – background vocals
  • Billy Puitt – clarinet
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    , flute
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    , recorder
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    , soprano saxophone
    Soprano saxophone
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    , tenor saxophone
    Tenor saxophone
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  • Anita Baugh – background vocals
  • Glen Spreen – production & arrangements
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