Tom Petty

10 Awesome Country Covers: Tom Petty Edition

It’s a well documented and quoted fact that the late Tom Petty had some issues with modern country music – but there is no denying the love that modern country artists have for him and the impact he made on them. If you need proof, have a listen to this list of Tom Petty country covers.

Solo stars, groups, men, women, legends and upstarts are all here. Every one of them inspired by the songs that Petty wrote, sang, and gave to the world.

There are more out there, with varying video quality, and some songs, like Free Fallin’, just have too many versions to fall in love with.

If you know of a country cover of a Tom Petty song that you think we should hear, please leave a comment with a link.

And if you have a favourite from this list, let us know which it is.

Rest in peace Mr. Petty. Thank you for the music.

George Strait – You Wreck Me

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Charles Kelley – Southern Accents

Chris Stapleton – You Don’t Know How It Feels

Sugarland – American Girl

Marty Stuart – Runnin’ Down A Dream

Dierks Bentley & Mat Kearney – Learning To Fly

The Wailin’ Jennys – Wildflowers

Johnny Cash – I Won’t Back Down

Linda Ronstadt – The Waiting

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In Memoriam: Tom Petty Memories, Influence and Top 10

At the age of 66, with 10 top ten singles, 3 Grammys, 3 MTV awards, 68 radio singles, and more fan favourites than we can mention, 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Petty has passed away.

As fans, thereviewsarein team is sad and feeling that thing you don’t know you’re going to feel when an artist dies – until you’re feeling it. Tom Petty was a constant. As Dave Grohl said in the fantastic documentary, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down A Dream, “Well I’ve always sort of considered them an institution. You know, they’re one of those bands that just have to be… they just have to be.” And while we won’t be able to geek out over a new tour announcement or an album of new songs that sound like classics from the moment you first hear them, Tom Petty will always be.

To explain the influence of an artist like Tom Petty is probably impossible. From rock and rollers to country stars, there are hundreds of singers and songwriters and musicians who look up to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and everything that they accomplished in their long and storied career. In that same documentary, the great Stevie Nicks explains that in 1978 she was a big fan, and that if Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had asked, she would have left Fleetwood Mac to join the band. That’s one year after the release of Rumours at the height, and still, the Tom Petty influence was that strong.

At live concerts over the years we have all heard Tom Petty covers ringing through the speakers. This year, at Boots & Hearts 2017, we heard Midland, Eli Young, and Love & Theft all play Petty songs, and I promise you that I sang along to Runnin’ Down A Dream, Learning To Fly, and Free Fallin’. Those covers aren’t going to stop. We aren’t going to hear less Tom Petty. Hell, we hope that we’re going to hear more of it. And not just because we’re going to be super nostalgic, but because we love the music and it deserves to be heard.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had their first top 40 hit in 1977 (Breakdown) and their last in 2010 (I Should Have Known It), and in between and after, they peppered the charts, and toured the world, and released 13 studio albums.

There aren’t enough words to explain the sadness that Tom Petty’s death has created. There aren’t enough words to explain the power and impact of his music. And there aren’t enough words to express our sympathy to the family, friends, and fans of Tom Petty who are feeling the loss and pain that comes with this.

No man is perfect, but the music that Tom Petty shared with the world and the legacy that he created are wonderful and beautiful and we are all better for it.

To try and share a little bit of what we loved about Tom Petty’s music, Trish ranked her top 10 tracks and we put them on a Spotify list. Hit play and turn up the volume. Sing along as they go. And leave a comment telling us which songs would be in your Tom Petty Top 10.

Tom Petty Top 10 Countdown

Like we said off the top, there are more fan favourites than we can mention. Every single one of the tracks on Trish’s top 10 is a certifiable classic hit. And so is this one.

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On The Rocks: Midland at Boots & Hearts 2017

They’ve got the number 1 song at Canadian country radio, they’re debut album is coming out on September 22, and Midland had a whole lot of fans grooving with them at the Boots & Hearts Front Porch Stage on Sunday afternoon.

Mark, Cameron, and Jess owned the stage in Oro-Medonte with a mix of charm, humour, and a ton of talent. To say that the hype for these dudes is legit has become an understatement. And it seems 100% likely that this is the last summer you’re going to see Midland play an afternoon slot on the second stage at a major country music festival.

A little while ago we saw a stripped down set from Midland in Toronto, and on Sunday they took that and pushed it beyond what we could have hoped for with performances of songs including Burn Out, Electric Rodeo, Altitude Adjustment, This Old Heart, and a killer rendition of Dwight Yoakam’s Honky Tonk Man.

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Related: Midland Comes North to Toronto

The harmonies and melodies and lyrics that Midland share through their music are high level. The way they entertain and interact with the crowd feels almost effortless. And their ability to sing and play country music is putting them on all of the radars and Must See lists and should result in more radio hits, award nominations and appreciation for Mark’s moustache.

The crowd was hot (from the sun and the excitement) for the Midland set, and when they started with Check Cashin’ Country the singin’ and dancin’ in the crowd started immediately. And when the set wrapped with their debut smash hit, Drinkin’ Problem (and then a surprise encore of Tom Petty’s Runnin’ Down A Dream) it was clear to see that the crowd was satisfied.

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Note: We are kind of digging all of the dropped Gs in the songs that Midland releases and performs. Here’s hoping there are more like Drinkin’ Problem, Check Cashin’ Country, and Runnin’ Down A Dream in the future.

After seeing Midland on stage Sunday with a few thousand country music fans, it’s pretty clear that On The Rocks is going to be one of the most anticipated albums of the fall. And with 13 tracks, including the five we know from their self-titled EP, country fans are going to have some good stuff to sink their teeth into.

Midland may be telling stories now about playing in empty bars just a couple years ago, but with performances like the one they gave on Sunday at Boots & Hearts 2017, they’ll soon be telling stories about travelling thousands of miles from home, across borders, and singing their songs with fans who can’t get enough of three guys with great hats, facial hair, and voices for country music.

Stay tuned, there’s a lot more Midland coming your way!

Midland, On The Rocks Tracklist

1. Lonely For You Only
2. Make A Little
3. Drinkin’ Problem
4. At Least You Cried
5. Burn Out
6. Out Of Sight
7. More Than A Fever
8. Check Cashin’ Country
9. Nothin’ New Under The Neon
10. This Old Heart
11. Altitude Adjustment
12. Electric Rodeo
13. Somewhere On The Wind

Album release: Friday, September 22, 2017

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Candyland: Love and Theft at Boots & Hearts 2017

You could be forgiven for forgetting that it was Thursday when you looked out into the crowd during Love and Theft’s main stage set at Boots & Hearts. Thousands of excited country fans gathered in the field in front of the stage to celebrate the Coors Banquet Kick Off Party – and sing along to some of the duo’s biggest hits.

Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles took turns singing lead (as they do) and keeping the fans engaged throughout their set. They compliment each other perfectly in energy and solid, sweet harmonies that we could listen to all night. And with the band tight and on point, the sound from Love and Theft certainly didn’t show any cracks.

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Thousands of voices sang along to Whiskey On My Breath, Angel Eyes, and covers of David Lee Murphy’s Dust On The Bottle, and Tom Petty’s Free Falling – and they sounded great. We also saw couples dancing sweetly, friends dancing like no one was watching (we were), hands in the air, and girls on shoulders as the songs rang out through the speakers. Forget the short day, kick off party thing, this was a proper main stage festival set, by two dude that know what’s up – and a band that killed it right along with them.

At one point, we were told that Eric and Stephen hadn’t been to Canada in a while because of some border permission issues, but now that those are all cleared up, they were happy to be at Boots & Hearts. Here’s hoping those permission issues don’t happen again.

Word on the internet is that Candyland will be the lead single to a fourth album from Love and Theft, and if we didn’t have to wait too long for that, we’d be happy. And if we don’t have to wait too long to see them live on stage again too, we’d be even happier.

Love and Theft, Boots & Hearts 2017 Setlist

🍬 Can’t Wait For The Weekend
🍬 Let’s Get Drunk And Make Friends
🍬 Dust On The Bottle
🍬 Candyland
🍬 Runnin’ Out Of Air
🍬 Runaway
🍬 Love Wins
🍬 Free Falling
🍬 Whiskey On My Breath
🍬 Night That You’ll Never Forget
🍬 Angel Eyes

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5 Quick Questions with JJ Shiplett!

Back in September we had the chance to sit down with JJ Shiplett during Canadian Country Music Week – and we roped the talented redhead into answering our 5 quick questions.

If you don’t know JJ, you’re missing out. This Canadian is working hard and making people take notice with his sound, and with his debut full-length album coming soon… there are going to be a whole lot more people on board soon!

Now, without further ado, check out 5 Quick Questions with JJ Shiplett – and then listen to his EP, The EP!

Q1: If you’re on the road for a long drive between cities, and can only put 1 album on to listen to on repeat, which album are you choosing?

JJ: Tom Petty, Anthology: Through The Years.

Yes, we know it’s a double album. And no, we didn’t ask JJ to pick a disc… and that’s mostly because we were too busy agreeing with him that Petty is great for singing along, or sitting quietly and getting lost in the music and the road.

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Q2: What is the first song you remember knowing all of the words to?

JJ: The American National Anthem.

JJ told us a story about watching sports when he was a kid, and if you’re watching sports, you’re hearing the anthem – and that is how JJ Shiplett learned the Star Spangled Banner before any other song.

Q3: What is your favourite thing when you’re not working on music?

JJ: Hanging out with friends and a fire – any time of the day.

Having grown up with a fire pit in the back yard, I 100% agree with JJ on this one!

Q4: What is the 1 thing you need for a songwriting session?

JJ: A willingness to cooperate and work with other people.

After apologizing that he hadn’t named a tangible “thing”, JJ explained that the whole process and session can be a real waste of time if he doesn’t come in ready to listen to other people’s ideas – and if other people don’t come in ready to listen to his. Makes sense to us.

CCMA Awards 2016 Strut Social House JJ ShiplettQ5: Can you give us a prediction for the NHL season?

JJ: 1) The Maple Leafs will be better, but won’t be in the playoffs. 2) The Flames D will be better, and they will be back in the playoffs.

These are going to play themselves out of course, but they don’t sound crazy.

Bonus: What artist do you think people should be paying more attention to right now?

JJ: Sturgill Simpson

A lot more people know Sturgill Simpson’s name now than they did even just a few months ago – but if you don’t know his music, we agree with JJ, you should take a listen!

Now, hit play and check out some more pics of JJ from the our hangout, the CCMA Awards show and The Dakota Tavern in Toronto circa CMW 2016.


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5 Quick Questions with Endless Summer!

While we were in London, ON for Canadian Country Music Week we had the chance to sit down with Bob and Clint Moffatt of Endless Summer in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle of events and parties.

The boys have been busy lately, hitting the road with Tebey on his First Come First Served Tour – but before you go see them, we’ve got 5 quick questions with the boys to get you ready!

Here we go!

Q1: If you’re in the car on a long road trip, what is the 1 album you can listen to on repeat without changing discs?

Clint: George Strait, 50 Number Ones
Bob: Tom Petty (anything)

The boys may not have picked the same album, but they sure picked good ones. We wouldn’t mind hitching a ride and singing along for a few miles.

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Q2: What is the first song you remember knowing all of the words to?

Clint: Fast As You by Dwight Yoakam
Bob: Copperhead Road by Steve Earle

We all heard Bob and Clint sing with their brothers when they were younger, but we never heard them sing these songs. Now we wish he had.

Q3: What is your number 1 hobby when you aren’t working on Endless Summer music?

Both: Video games… specifically NHL online.

We didn’t ask for screen names, but if you’re playing NHL online this season, there’s a chance you could be playing one of the boys. Don’t be afraid to talk a little trash with ‘em.

Q4: When you head into a songwriting session, what is the most important thing to have with you?

Both: Coffee

Good answer. Coffee is always a good answer. #xocoffee

Q5: Can you give us a prediction for the NHL season?

Both: The Calgary Flames will have a better year – and Johnny Gaudreau will lead the league in scoring.

We’re willing to agree on 1 of those statements, but not both. But time will tell!

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