Tom Petty Tribute Album ‘Petty Country,’ Featuring Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton, Luke Combs, & More, Set To Release June 21

The 20-track project will be released on June 21.

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Lauren Jo Black

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April 9, 2024

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Petty Country; Photo Courtesy Big Machine Records in partnership with the Tom Petty Estate

A slew of country stars, including Chris Stapleton, Wynonna Judd, Dolly Parton, Luke Combs, Lady A, and George Strait, have lined up to honor Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty on a new tribute album. 

Out on June 21 via Big Machine Records in partnership with the Tom Petty Estate, Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty features 20 tracks, spanning Petty’s impressive 40-year catalog. Throughout the project, renowned country artists share their take on Petty’s hits while adding a few personal touches to the iconic tracks along the way. 

In addition to Stapleton, Judd, Wilson, Combs, Lady A, and Strait, Petty’s longtime friends and collaborators such as Steve Earle, Marty Stuart, Willie Nelson, and Lukas Nelson also contribute to the album. Plus, The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench make appearances as well. 

Petty Country Cover
Petty Country Cover

Dolly Parton Covers “Southern Accents”

Fans recently got a taste of what’s to come on Petty Country with the release of Dierks Bentley’s take on “American Girl.” Now, another sneak peek of the project has been released: Dolly Parton’s cover of “Southern Accents.”

Dolly Parton - Southern Accents
Dolly Parton – Southern Accents

Parton’s version of the Tom Petty classic hit streaming services on Friday and was paired with the premiere of a music video. The clip begins with Petty’s voice as he reflects on the making of the song. Parton then appears sitting near a piano delivering her rendition of the song. As she sings, home video footage featuring Petty appears on the wall behind her.    

“I was fortunate enough to get to know Tom over the years,” Parton shared in a statement. “He’s such an iconic artist and important songwriter. I’m so honored to be a part of this special album and to be able to share my version of one of Tom’s best songs, ‘Southern Accents’.”

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“American Girl” Is Climbing The Charts

Bentley’s cover of “American Girl” was an instant hit upon its release and continues to climb the charts at country radio each week. The music video for “American Girl” recently made its debut and in the clip, Bentley had the opportunity to play one of Petty’s guitars.

“Holding an instrument that carries so much musical history and significance was surreal, you could almost feel the stories resonate from it as I played it,” Bentley shared upon the release of the video. “Tom Petty’s lyrics and delivery were a huge part of what made his music so impactful.”

Dierks Bentley; Photo by Zach Belcher
Dierks Bentley; Photo by Zach Belcher

A Musical Icon

Tom Petty is one of the biggest cultural icons in the world. Throughout his career, he released 13 studio albums with The Heartbreaks as well as three solo albums. Additionally, he was a member of the group Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. 

Considered one of the best Rock artists ever, Petty had a remarkable list of accomplishments: winning multiple Grammy Awards, performing for over 140 million fans, selling over 85 million records, headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Tom Petty died in 2017 after wrapping up his 40th-anniversary tour, but his music still touches fans worldwide today.

See below for the complete Petty Country track listing. 

PETTY COUNTRY—TRACK LIST

1. “I Should Have Known It” by Chris Stapleton

2. “Wildflowers” by Thomas Rhett

3. “Runnin’ Down A Dream” by Luke Combs

4. “Southern Accents” by Dolly Parton

5. “Here Comes My Girl” by Justin Moore

6. “American Girl” by Dierks Bentley

7. “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Lady A

8. “I Forgive It All” by Jamey Johnson

9. “I Won’t Back Down” by Brothers Osbourne

10. “Refugee” by Wynonna Judd & Lainey Wilson

11. “Angel Dream No.2” by Willie Nelson & Lukas Nelson

12. “Learning To Fly” by Eli Young Band

13. “Breakdown” by Ryan Hurd feat. Carly Pearce

14. “Yer So Bad” by Steve Earle

15. “Ways To Be Wicked” by Margo Price feat. Mike Campbell

16. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Midland

17. “Free Fallin’” by The Cadillac Three feat. Breland

18. “I Need To Know” by Marty Stuart And His The Fabulous Superlatives

19. “Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Rhiannon Giddens feat. Silkraod Ensemble and Benmont Tench

20. “You Wreck Me (Live)” by George Strait

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.