Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Tom Petty Takes His Blasting of Modern Country Music a Step Further in Rolling Stone Interview

Tom Petty

Back in May, Tom Petty used the stage of the Beacon Theater in New York City to voice his displeasure of what country music has evolved into when he called the country music of today “bad rock with a fiddle”. Rather than backing down from those comments in a recent interview, Petty took the opportunity to elaborate his point.

During an interview with Rolling Stone that was published Monday (August 5th), the southern rock legend very specifically points out what is missing in the modern era of country music, a genre he admits had a huge influence on him and his band, the Heartbreakers.

In the interview, Petty tells RS:

“I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have. I’m sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they’re just not getting the attention that the sh***ier stuff gets.”

Without specifically mentioning any of today’s country artists, Petty went on to point out who the new crop of performers don’t remind him of:

“I don’t really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or any anything that fresh coming up. I’m sure there must be somebody doing it, but most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle 80s where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos.”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are currently finishing up his 13th CD, which should be out early next year. In the Rolling Stone interview, he calls the new project “Unlike anything we’ve ever done”.

Tom Petty Concert Shut Down By Fire Marshal

Best of 1280 KSLI

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSLI Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSLI Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.