Southern Accents - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1985)
There has never been a better song about the young liberal southerner who is proud of his heritage than today's selection. It is the ultimate statement from one of rock's ultimate showmen. Mr. Petty has rocked and rolled with the best of them, but he is a hell of a singer/songwriter as well. Southern Accents is easily the Heartbreaker's best album, but Petty has explored this side in much more detail on his solo albums like Wildflowers. Still, like Jackson Browne in the Running On Empty days, it is always pleasing to hear a band pick up this most "solo" of genres and make it high art.
Once again, Johnny Cash sings the "true" American Songbook.