Johnny Cash's Grammy-winning 1996 album Unchained was actually a collaborative effort with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and a few other guests) functioning as his backup band, one with the spirit, but a fuller sound, than the Tennessee Three. L-R above: Petty, Cash, Rick Rubin, Marty Stuart
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In a week of horrors--Puerto Rico and Las Vegas were too much. Capping it off with another painful event--the unexpected death of Tom Petty of a massive coronary at 66--leaves everyone who knows and cares feeling especially bleak. Petty, however, left behind a staggering array of great music spanning 40 years that will certainly outlive him. Here are the best known high points, including moments with Bob Dylan and the Traveling Wilburys, the supergroup built around Dylan, Petty, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison. Today only Lynne and Dylan remain. These are but a handful. No doubt more gems not yet heard will reveal themselves in years to come.
Chris Hillman was a true country rock pioneer from his days playing bluegrass mandolin in Southern California to his years with the original Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther/Hillman/Furay Band, McGuinn, Hillman and Clark and the Desert Rose Band. "Bidin' My Time" is both a summary and artistic look ahead. The late Tom Petty produced it.
A look at Grand Ole Opry star and country traditionalist Marty Stuart's salute to the West old and new: Way Out West.
Earlier this week Sam Smith, whose hit "Stay With Me" was nominated for a Grammy, reached an agreement with Tom Petty to share songwriter royalties since "Stay With Me" bore more than a passing resemblance to Petty's venerable anthem "I Won't Back Down." For the second time, this week's "Believe Your Ears" Podcast looks at the concept of "Borrowed Songs," tunes bearing more than a passing resemblance to earlier numbers.