Kip Moore played a tribute cover to honor the memory of Tom Petty. The American rocker died of cardiac arrest at the age of 66.
Moor has named Merle Haggard and Tom Petty as two of his biggest influences. His Instagram post gives a better idea of how deep the love goes.
“Tom Petty influenced so many in music, and I was definitely one of those. My buddy Tom Pritchett turned me on to his music when I was about 15. He had a low riding Honda prelude that had a stereo system I’ve yet to see matched and he would crank this song as loud as it would go… we felt like kings riding those back roads and Petty was the reason for that feeling…. thank u Tom for all the inspiration. RIP #manchester.”
Moore singer covered his hero often in concert, like “Free Fallin'” and “I Won’t Back Down.”
Country singer Charlie Worsham tweeted “we all wanted to be Tom Petty when we grew up.”
Margo Price posted the lyrics “The Last DJ,” to honor the iconic artist, and once covered “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.”
Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley called Petty “a musical legend.” He put his money where his mouth was when he recorded “Southern Accents” for his solo project.
Americana icons Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Patty Griffin joined alt-rock genius Dave Matthews for a version of Petty’s “Refugee” at a benefit concert in Seattle.
Right now in our country, it is a time of pain, remembering and reflection. Songwriters bring us songs that have the words to express the feelings we don’t know how to articulate. Artists bring those songs to life with their unique influences and artistic differences. They interpret life for us.
Chris Young may have said it best in the past week or so, that Music Heals.