Chris Stapleton Releases Full Throttle Cover Of Tom Petty’s “I Should Have Known It”

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Another stellar cover from the forthcoming tribute album Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty.

In February, it was announced that an absolutely star-studded lineup would perform some of Tom Petty’s greatest hits on a tribute album slated for a May 31st release. Dierks Bentley accompanied the album announcement with a stellar version of “American Girl” and even played Petty’s famed guitar in the music video.

Bentley express his love for Petty following the release:

“Petty’s southern roots shined through across his songwriting and storytelling. He might not have ever been considered as country, but you can’t go into a bar in Nashville without hearing this song.”

Dolly Parton followed up with a cover of “Southern Accents.” 

Today, the cover that I have been looking forward to the most hit streaming platform. Chris Stapleton‘s cover of “I Should Have Known.” Stapleton has taken his track to the stage in the past, laying down incredible live versions, so I knew the studio cut would not disappoint.

The 2010 hit from Petty made its appearance on his album Mojo, which Petty and the Heartbreakers recorded completely live. At the time of its release, Petty said the album had some more blues flavor, including a cover of Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Help Me” on the reissue, as well as some Allman Brothers influence.

“I Should Have Known It” quickly also became a personal favorite of Petty’s since its release, and a staple of their live show. This track is a perfect fit, and especially after he covered Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters, it’s clear that the rock and roll sound works so well for Chris Stapleton. But then again, there’s nothing that doesn’t sound good with Chris Stapleton behind the mic.

Check it out:

While you’re here check out this clip from 2022 when Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers joined Stapleton on stage for a rockin’ live performance of the track.

And of course, the original:

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