Podcast: The Tom Petty Project

oin Kev Brown as he digs into Tom Petty’s catalogue, starting with the first track from the debut Heartbreakers album, all the way through to the final song from Mudcrutch 2. Along the way, there will be special episodes dedicated to outtakes, b-sides, and other Tom Petty related material. This podcast is in no way affiliated with the Tom Petty estate and all rights to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, Stevie Nicks, and the Travelling Wilbury’s are the property of their respective rights holders.

Time to Move On

On certain days, I think “Time to Move On” is the best song on Wildflowers, on other days, other songs take that honour. It’s a song that resonates with so many people because it gives us that glimpse into someone finding freedom, if not exactly peace. Despite being the fourth most streamed song from Wildflowers…

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You Don’t Know How It Feels

We’re all quick to judge people, whether they cut us off in the fast lane, or don’t hold a door open for us as we’re heading out of the grocery store. But we don’t know what that person is going through, emotionally, psychologically, physically. That disconnect is amplified a hundredfold when it’s in the context…

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Wildflowers

Everything about the way this song is crafted sneaks up on you. It’s a masterclass in how you take an idea and flesh it out into a fully-fledged tour de force piece or art. And that’s not to say that this song isn’t wonderful when played just on an acoustic guitar, or on piano with…

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Approaching Wildflowers

When climbers finally decide to take on the holy grail of all ascents, Everest, they first face a nine day journey to base camp, which includes two full rest days. This journey alone weeds out about thirty of explorers. Those who are lucky enough to make the arduous trek to the first staging post are…

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Russell Mark Returns (Swing and a Miss)

One last non-Petty episode before we being digging into Wildflowers! This time, Russell Mark, from The Nextdoors is back to talk about their new single “Swing and a Miss”. We talk about perfection in art and whether it’s worth striving for, we nerd out over specific production choices and songwriting form, and of course, we…

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Jake Thistle Returns (The Half Left Out)

This is another special non-Petty episode of the podcast with the fantastic Jake Thistle, who found time in his insanely busy schedule to sit down with me to discuss his label debut, The Half Left Out. We chatted a little about Gainesville and Tom of course, but mainly we dug into the weeds around his…

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Greatest Hits (with John Paulsen)

A really fun one today folks. John and Kevin dig deep into inclusions and ommissions from 1993’s Greattest Hits. We have a conversation about formats (CD vs vinyl), chronological ordering vs sequencing, and whether ballads belong on Greatest Hits compilations. Both John and Kevin have one song that the other feels simply doesn’t belong on…

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The Petty 8ight with Sean and Todd McGinity

Today’s episode is the third installment in my Petty 8ight series, where I bring in musicians who aren’t Pettyheads, give them eight deeper cuts that they likely haven’t heard before, and get their thoughts on them. In this episode, my willing newbies are Sean and Todd McGinity. The brothers are based in Winnipeg and have…

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Something in the Air

A major change in this cover version is the format of the lyrics. Something in the Air is a fairly ominous call to arms. The original was released in May of 1969 when the Vietnam War was still raging at its most furious. Speedy Keen said that told ZigZag magazine in 1975 of the song…

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Mary Jane’s Last Dance

When author Paul Zollo asks Tom about the song in his book Conversations With Tom Petty, and mentions that the song had been partially written some years previously, Tom confirms this, saying, “That was one I wrote during the Full Moon Fever sessions. I wrote all but the chorus. I just had the loop going…

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