Dylan covers Tom Petty’s Learning to Fly – Watch

Another amazing cover version this week, Bob possibly more enthused than his famous enthusiasm during the We are the World recording. Pitchfork report: “Bob Dylan has paid tribute to his late collaborator Tom Petty. During his show in Colorado last night, Dylan covered Petty’s 1991 song “Learning to Fly.” Watch footage of the performance below. Following news of Petty’s death on October 2, Dylan issued a statement remembering his friend. “It’s shocking, crushing news,” he said. “I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.” Continue reading “Dylan covers Tom Petty’s Learning to Fly – Watch”

Jason Isbell and Jerry Douglas cover Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” – Watch

A match made in heaven as it were.  RS Country report: “”I’d like to bring out a very special guest,” Jason Isbell told a hometown crowd at the Ryman Auditorium last night, during the final moments of his band’s unprecedented, six-night run at the historic venue. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best musician in town, which makes him high on the list of the best musicians in the whole wide world. Our dear friend, Mr. Jerry Douglas.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Jerry Douglas cover Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” – Watch”

Jason Isbell covers Tom Petty’s “Refugee” – Watch

It’s a sign of how much Tom Petty meant to the americana community that so many of “our” artists have been covering his tunes the past week.  RS Country reports this morning: “Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit paid their respects to Tom Petty on Sunday night, kicking off a six-day residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with a 19-song set that included the Damn the Torpedoes hit “Refugee.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell covers Tom Petty’s “Refugee” – Watch”

More Tom Petty tributes roll in

Chris Stapleton and Margo Price are the latest artists to have paid tribute to the late Tom Petty while performing live shows.  After he died, Margo Price told Stereogum that her favorite Petty song was “Have Love, Will Travel.” But says the site, “she’s been working the more well-known “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” into her opening sets for Chris Stapleton lately — first on Thursday in Moline, Illinois, then on Friday in Des Moine, Iowa, and finally on Saturday in St. Paul, MN.”  Continue reading “More Tom Petty tributes roll in”

Emmylou, Steve Earle et al pay tribute to Tom Petty – Watch

And so these clips keep coming in and deservedly so. RS reports: “Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Patty Griffin teamed for powerful cover of Tom Petty’s “Refugee” during a benefit show in Seattle, Relix notes. Petty died Monday at the age of 66 after going into cardiac arrest. Griffin took on the song with an understated touch, while Earle followed with his thick drawl and Harris delivered the lyrics with verve. All four singers came together for impromptu harmonies, while Matthews sang the chorus with his unmistakable wail. Continue reading “Emmylou, Steve Earle et al pay tribute to Tom Petty – Watch”

Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Wilco and more pay tribute to Tom Petty – Watch

Various tribute performances coming in for Tom Petty this week.  Firstly RS report that Bruce Springsteen opened his debut performance of Springsteen on Broadway with a tribute to Petty: “The singer-songwriter dedicated the first of his solo acoustic storyteller shows to the late singer-songwriter, along with Petty’s family and Heartbreakers bandmates, audience members told The New York Daily News. Springsteen also saluted Petty via Twitter on Tuesday. “Down here on E Street, we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty,” he wrote. “Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates. I’ve always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other, it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him.” Continue reading “Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Wilco and more pay tribute to Tom Petty – Watch”

RS: Tom Petty’s music can be heard in an entire genre – americana

Very interesting piece in Rolling Stone Country this morning about Tom Petty’s relationship with country music, how big an influence he was on the whole americana genre and why he never took up Chris Stapleton’s offer of a songwriter-off. At the end of this article you can find my two favourite n0t quite so well known Tom Petty songs from over the years. RS reports: “When it came to country music, Tom Petty preferred the old stuff. The realstuff, like Carl Perkins and Conway Twitty. Over the years, he’d slip a few of their songs into his sets with the Heartbreakers, singing them in the slow-moving drawl he was never able to truly leave behind in Florida. Continue reading “RS: Tom Petty’s music can be heard in an entire genre – americana”