Shine A Light: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Florida born and raised Tom Petty has quite a run. Not too many artist stay this cool this long. Since bursting on the scenes in the very late 70’s, he hasn’t really slowed down and the hits keep on coming. For us Florida boys, Petty is one of our own and his music was as much a part of the fabric of our lives as brushing our teeth in the morning, and I remember may a night that turned into a new day driving the roads of the Gulf coast with my cousin, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers blarin’ through the speakers !

Remember “Refugee”? “American Girl”?, the into “Here Comes My Girl” and “You got Lucky”…..Have you ever listened to “Southern Accents”?. If you have and weren’t moved as a Southerner, then somebody needs to call the morgue for you, cause brother, you ain’t got a heartbeat !

The years with the Traveling Wilburys, which included Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbisonwas really a cool vignette for him. Those are some heavy weight names for sure and all Hall of Famers ! Whether with the  Hearbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, or just as Tom Petty there is a wealth of cool stuff to listen to. A rare sound full of soul and never slouches on being a rocker. He never did the big hair thing or mile high boots or makeup. They just walked out there as an Amercian Rock and Roll band and did it right. He effortless cool always prevailing.

Check out the new CD Mojo just released this week. It’s bound to be another great record of Heartbreaker music.


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