Tributes pour in to Tom Petty, dead at 66

Very sad news from the States yesterday (in a day of sad news for the States yesterday) with the death of Tom Petty who is about as near to a living americana icon as you get. Rolling Stone reports: “Tom Petty, the dynamic and iconoclastic frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, died Monday. He was 66. Petty’s death was confirmed by Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family.  Continue reading “Tributes pour in to Tom Petty, dead at 66”

Stereogum premieres new Tom Petty cover by Chris Hillman

Stereogum are previewing a track from the country-rock pioneer Chris Hillman, a founding member of both the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, who is putting out his first album in over a decade next month. “Appropriately entitled Bidin’ My Time, the LP was produced by Tom Petty, and Hillman decided to show his appreciation by including a cover of Petty’s own “Wildflowers” on the tracklist. His version is warm, lived-in, and lovely, starting out with just guitar and Hillman’s tender vocals before gradually building up into a lush front-porch symphony.” We can’t embed it sorry but you can hear it over at Stereogum here, and you can hear the lovely original below. Continue reading “Stereogum premieres new Tom Petty cover by Chris Hillman”