Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ song “Southern Accents,” which was released back in 1985 on their sixth studio album of the same name, is an absolute gem of a song.
While Tom Petty was never technically a “country” artist, you can’t deny the profound impact he’s had on the country music community. The song itself could fit very well into country music space, with every word of it ringing true for any Southerner that takes pride in where they come from.
“There’s a southern accent, where I come from
The youngins call it country
The Yankees call it dumb
I got my own way of talkin’
But everything is done, with a southern accent
Where I come from”
A few country artists, including the great Johnny Cash, have recorded some pretty good covers of “Southern Accents.”
Who do you think covered it best?