Steve Earle Releases Tom Petty Cover Ahead of Star-Studded Tribute Album

Steve Earle releases a bluegrass-tinged cover of Tom Petty's "Yer So Bad" as part of the upcoming tribute album "Petty Country". The album, set to drop on June 21, features 20 songs covered by country stars including Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson.

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Steve Earle Releases Tom Petty Cover Ahead of Star-Studded Tribute Album

Steve Earle Releases Tom Petty Cover Ahead of Star-Studded Tribute Album

Steve Earle has released a reimagined version of Tom Petty's "Yer So Bad" as part of the upcoming tribute album "Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty," set to drop on June 21 via Big Machine Records. Earle's bluegrass-tinged rendition of the Petty rocker stays true to its country/rock roots.

The originalyer so badwas released in 1990 as the fifth single off Petty's debut solo album, "Full Moon Fever," peaking at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. The song showcases Petty's storytelling ability, which has significantly influenced the country music genre.

The tribute album, curated by close friends and collaborators, features 20 songs that highlight Petty's southern roots and Gainesville, Florida experience. The album boasts an impressive lineup of country stars, including Chris Stapleton, who covered "I Should Have Known It," Dolly Parton, who covered "Southern Accents," Dierks Bentley, who covered "American Girl," and Willie Nelson, who is featured on "Angel Dream No. 2" with his son Lukas Nelson.

Tom Petty is widely known for his rocker grit and California anthems, and is often credited as contemporary country music's biggest rock influence. Petty's deep roots in country music included collaborations and friendships with some of the genre's greatest artists. Country songwriters consistently express their admiration for Petty and note how his influence has shaped their own sound.

"Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty" is executive produced by George Drakoulias, Randall Poster, and Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records. The album features a diverse range of country music stars paying tribute to Tom Petty's legacy, including George Strait, Marty Stuart, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Luke Combs, Wynonna Judd, Carly Pearce, Lady A, Margo Price, Rhiannon Giddens, Thomas Rhett, and Lainey Wilson.

Steve Earle's cover of "Yer So Bad" is the latest preview of the upcoming album, which promises to be a celebration of Petty's country music legacy. The album is available for pre-order now, with Earle's rendition of "Yer So Bad" currently streaming.