This past Friday, a whole mess of great artists came together to honor the late legend, Tom Petty, for what would’ve been his 70th birthday.
The lineup included Brandi Carlile, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr., Margo Price, Post Malone, and more, and it also included Chris Stapleton who recently referred to Tom as his greatest influence.
“I can safely say that no other musical influence is as ever present in my mind. The words that I choose and the notes that I play and sing are firmly rooted in listening to his records. I’m forever grateful for the moments our musical paths crossed.”
Chris opened for Tom a few years ago, and has been writing a ton with Tom’s longtime guitar player Mike Campbell.
Mike wrote and played on two songs for Chris’ upcoming album Starting Over and Chris co-wrote a brand new song called “Fuck That Guy” for Mike and the Dirty Knobs upcoming album Wreckless Abandon.
When it came time for Chris to honor Tom’s legacy, he delivered a cover of “Don’t Fade On Me,” a track from his 1994 Wildflowers record.
And of course, the original.