Tom Petty photo by musicisentropy

Session III will feature our dearly departed friend, Tom Petty. Thomas Earl Petty was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. (Wikipedia)

While he rose to fame with his band The Heartbreakers, Petty also had some celebrated side projects, like The Traveling Wilburys (the musical super group he formed with fellow heavyweights Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan), and a legitimate solo career as well.

Petty paired his deceptively-simple, catchy pop melodies with social commentary and wry, storytelling lyrics capturing “epic tales of losers and dreamers.” (

Petty counted the British Invasion band The Byrds as a major influence, but his rootsy sound embraced a wide range of styles and influences, from Southern Rock to New Wave.

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