Out June 21

Tribute Album Features Dolly Parton, Dierks Bentley, George Strait, Luke Combs, Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Lainey Wilson, Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell & Benmont Tench And More

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PETTY COUNTRY, US (April 26, 2024)—Chris Stapleton’s take on Tom Petty’s “I Should Have Known It,” from the forthcoming Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty (June 21 via Big Machine Records), debuts today with an accompanying audio video that features vintage photos of Petty—watch/share HERE.

Pre-order Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty HERE

Listen to “I Should Have Known It” by Chris Stapleton HERE

The new track follows the recent release of “Southern Accents,” by Petty’s friend and fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Dolly Parton. The beautifully intimate version of what Petty considered to be one of the best songs he ever wrote has taken on a new life in the world of Country music—watch the video, featuring home videos and professional footage of Petty, HERE.  Dierks Bentley’s take on the classic, “American Girl,” premiered as Bentley’s highest charting single upon launch—listen/share HERE. The track is currently climbing through the Top 35 on US Country radio.

Executive produced by Petty’s close confidant, Grammy® award-winner George Drakoulias (Barbie, The Black Crowes, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), with Randall Poster (Killers of the Flower MoonSkyfall, Wes Anderson) and Scott Borchetta (Big Machine), the Country tribute album lovingly curated by some of the late Petty’s closest friends and collaborators, finds some of the most lauded voices in Country and Americana music exploring the extensive Petty catalogue and putting their own personal touches on some of his greatest hits. A complete list of tracks and collaborators can be found, below.

Albeit known for his rocker grit and California anthems, Petty is often credited as contemporary Country music’s biggest Rock influence, as the south’s influence was a constant throughout the Gainesville, Florida native’s songwriting. The region’s influence can be heard throughout Petty’s extensive discography, with lyrics about growing up in the south paired with rough vocal character—which also defines the state of Country music today.

Petty’s deep roots in Country music saw collaborations and long-lasting friendships with a number of the genre’s greats, including Carl Perkins (Petty inducted Perkins into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame), Johnny Cash (The Heartbreakers were the backing band on Cash’s Unchained), June Carter Cash, Marty Stuart, John Prine, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, George Strait, Hank Williams Jr. and Willie Nelson.


  1. “I Should Have Known It” byChris Stapleton
    2. “Wildflowers” byThomas 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 Osborne
    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 Fabulous Superlatives
    19. “Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Rhiannon Giddens feat. Silkroad Ensemble and Benmont Tench
    20. “You Wreck Me (Live)” by George Strait




Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers was one of the most singular and distinctly American bands. Beyond the west coast Rock-Folk jangle, San Francisco psychedelia and a blast of British invasion, the south’s influence was a constant throughout Petty’s songwriting in his words, truths and especially his defiance and dignity. Petty Country: A Country Celebration of Tom Petty draws on all the aspects and flavours of the Gainesville-raised icon’s roots and leans into the genre that defines the region, bringing the top talent in Country and Americana music together to create a 20-song tribute to Petty’s dynamic musical legacy (out June 21 via Big Machine Records). Executive produced by Scott Borchetta (Big Machine Label Group), George Drakoulias (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Black Crowes) and Randall Poster (Wes Anderson, Skyfall) with the oversite of the late icon’s daughter, Adria Petty, the collection pulls from across various realms and seasons of music to create a full picture of Petty’s impressive catalogue. Artists lending their talents to the project include: Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Steve Earle, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson and many more. True to the originals, true to what those songs could be, Petty Country, like Traveling Wilbury, shows vast the influence and reach of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and highlights the previously unseen breadth and Country reach of Petty’s songs.




Over his 40-year career, Tom Petty became one of the biggest cultural icons in the world. In addition to the 13 studio albums he made with the Heartbreakers, Petty recorded three solo albums, including the acclaimed Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers. Petty was also a member of the supergroup, Traveling Wilburys, and in the pre-Heartbreakers band, Mudcrutch. Hailed as one of the greatest Rock artists of all time, Petty’s list of achievements include: multiple Grammy Award winner, 80+ million records sold, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Tom Petty passed away in 2017 shortly after completing his 40th anniversary tour, but his music continues to reach fans, both new and old, around the world today.