And so another week comes to its inevitable conclusion dear reader as we go into what may or may not be the penultimate bank holiday weekend of the year – there are plenty of live streams happening if you fancy bedding yourself in with a beer but in the meantime, we leave you this week with two pieces of new music. Below you can find the latest song by Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger – ‘Queenstown’ is about a road trip around New Zealand’s South Island a few years ago “… it was one of the most magical times of my life . This song I think encapsulates that feeling of travel and freedom – something that we are all probably missing greatly at the moment.” But before that here’s Jesse Malin covering Tom Petty’s ‘Crawling Back to You’ a from Petty’s 1994 album ‘Wildflowers’. Malin saw Petty perform the song at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017 — at what would turn out to be Petty’s final show. Stay safe and have a good one.
Mike Campell aka one of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers has released a new song online ‘Lockdown’ – odd title, we’re not sure what it’s about? He’s releasing it to raise money for the charity Feeding America which runs much needed at the moment food banks across the US. Continue reading “Buy Heartbreaker Mike Campbell’s new song and help feed America”
Tom Petty is one of the strongest and most resonant of all the artists connecting the 1970s to current Americana. In a desperately shortened career that still spanned over 41 years he wrote songs that appealed to the plaid wearing beer-drinking hell raisers, the shiny popsters with their beatboxes and hip shoes, the blue-collar workers heading out to their dead-end jobs singing to their dashboards about freedom and every other social grouping besides. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Tom Petty”
This week in our occasional series in which we ask the Americana UK staff writers and contributors to give us a handle on the what, whys and wherefores that got them into the genre, Tim Martin goes up before the beak to explain himself to the gathered hoard. Apparently he’s not a punk or a heavy metal drummer (at least not anymore if ever he was). Read on to find out exactly where he does stand… Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?”
Daniel Meade is many things but never dull. He’s been around in one form or another it seems forever, so prolific and varied is his work. Generally, that work would consist of rootsy music set to country beats but he has been known to deviate. It’s fair to say that’s the case with his latest release and this time he’s foregone that western flavour in favour of a more ballsy approach. Continue reading “Daniel Meade “When Was The Last Last Time” (Button Up Records, 2018)”
Rounder Records have posted a nice clip this morning of Chris Hillman performing what seems to be the go to song now for Tom Petty tributes. The performance is taken from his October 2017 concert at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, and Hillman‘s version of “Wildflowers” also appeared on his 2017 album “Bidin’ My Time” which was produced by Tom Petty.
Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris payed tribute to Tom Petty at the Grammy Awards last night. As RS reports: “As colorful images of flowers flashed on screens behind them, the two Nashville singers blended their voices on the title track to Petty’s 1994 Wildflowers album, a song that stands as one of the late rock icon’s most country-leaning tunes. Stapleton and Harris’s performance set up the annual In Memoriam segment, which recalled the musical heroes we lost over the past year.” Continue reading “Emmylou and Chris Stapleton pay tribute to Tom Petty at Grammys – 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”
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”
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”