Southern Accents (1985)
|Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers|
|Released in 1985, Southern Accents features Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at their finest, with the songs "Rebels," "It Ain't Nothin' to Me," and "Don't Come Around Here No More."|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, acoustic, 12-string & electric guitars, piano, keyboards, tambourine); Mike Campbell (slide guitar, guitar, dobro, piano, keyboards, bass, background vocals); Benmont Tench (acoustic & electric pianos, keyboards, vibraphone); Howie Epstein|
|(bass, background vocals); Stan Lynch (drums, percussion, background vocals).|
|Addtional personnel includes: David A. Stewart (guitar, sitar, keyboards, bass); Daniel Rothmuller (cello); Marty Jourard, Molly Duncan (saxophone); Dave Plews (trumpet); Garth Hudson (keyboards); Dean Garcia (bass); Phil Jones, Bobbye Hall (tambourine); Jim Keltner (percussion); Stephanie Spruill, Sharon Celani, Marilyn Martin, Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Clydene Jackson, Richard Manuel (background vocals).|
|The Heart Attack Horns: Jim Coile, William Bergman (tenor saxophone); Gregory Smith (baritone saxophone); Dick Braun (trumpet); John Berry Jr., Kurt McGettrick.|
|Producers: Tom Petty, Jimmy Iovine, Mike Campbell, David A. Stewart, Robbie Robertson.|
|Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, piano, keyboards, 12-string bass, tambourine); Mike Campbell (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, piano, keyboards); Dave Stewart (vocals, guitar, sitar, keyboards); Benmont Tench (vocals, piano, electric piano, keyboards, vibraphone); Stan Lynch (vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion); Clydene Jackson, Sharon Celani, Julia Tillman Waters, Howie Epstein, Marilyn Martin, Maxine Willard Waters, Stephanie Spruill (vocals, background vocals); Richard Manuel (vocals); Daniel Rothmuller (cello, clarinet); Jack Nitzsche (strings); Greg Smith (saxophone, baritone saxophone, horns, background vocals); Martin Jourard, Malcolm Duncan, Marty Jourard, Molly Duncan (saxophone); Jim Coile, William Bergman (tenor saxophone, horns, sound effects, background vocals); Dick Braun (trumpet, horns, sound effects, background vocals); John Berry, Jr. (trumpet, horns, sound effects); Dave Plews (trumpet); Kurt McGettrick (horns, sound effects, background vocals); Jerry Hey (horns); Garth Hudson (keyboards); Sean Lynch (drums); Phil Jones, Bobbye Hall (tambourine, percussion); Jim Keltner (percussion); Julia Waters (background vocals).|
|Audio Remixers: Don Smith ; Shelly Yakus.|
|Recording information: Church Studios, Crouch End, London, England; Gone Gator One; Sound City; Sun Set Sound, LA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA; The Village Recorder.|
|Photographers: Dennis Keeley; Steve Breitborde.|
|Few musicians can manage to produce simple, pop-inflected rock & roll with as much integrity as Tom Petty. Possibly the definitive FM rock radio star, Petty has been combining great hooks, unabashedly straightforward arrangements and a Dylanesque, clenched-teeth-whine on great records since the mid '70s. SOUTHERN ACCENTS, though not up to the snuff of his earlier efforts, still delivers in suitable fashion. SOUTHERN ACCENTS is notable chiefly for the unbelievably great, sitar-drenched, drone-groove of "Don't Come Around Here No More," a song that manages to be distinctly Petty and, at the same time, like nothing he's done before. While not Petty's best, SOUTHERN ACCENTS is still an example of the thing Petty makes best: honest pop music.|
Engineer: David Bianco; Don Smith; Joel Fein; Alan Weidel; Shelly Yakus
|David A. Stewart|
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Blue Rodeo | Bob Seger | BoDeans | Bruce Hornsby | Bruce Springsteen | Cheap Trick | Dave Edmunds | Dire Straits | Dwight Twilley | Gene Clark | Greg Kihn | Huey Lewis | J. Geils Band | Joe Henry | John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band | John Hiatt | John Mellencamp | Kevin Costner | Lindsey Buckingham | Little Village | Los Lobos | Maria McKee | Marshall Crenshaw | Melissa Etheridge | Nick Lowe | Richard X. Heyman | Robbie Robertson | Rockpile | Rod Stewart | Roger McGuinn | Scott Miller | Southside Johnny | Stevie Nicks | T-Bone Burnett | The Artful Dodger (UK) | The Black Crowes | The Blasters | The Call | The Iron City Houserockers | The Jayhawks | The Records | The Searchers | The Smithereens | The Textones | Willie Nile
Associated Artists and Works
|Unchained ~ Cash, Johnny|
|Heartbreakers (Tom Petty) (The)|
|Release Date : 04/11/1988|
|Original Release Date : 1985|
|Catalog ID : MCAD-5486|
|Label : MCA (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : AAD|
|UPC : 00076732548622|
- "[The Heartbreakers] drop deftly into some sleek western swing, gliding from the speakers like a silver streamliner hurtling across Texas."
BioTom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Not many artists can match Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' long record of commercial success along with a simultaneous period of creative growth and critical acclaim.
In April 1996, Petty received UCLA's George & Ira Gershwin Award For Lifetime Musical Achievement. Previous recipients of the university's award include Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald. Petty was the first artist of the rock era to earn this distinction. "I may not own any George and Ira Gershwin records," said Petty at the ceremony, "but I'm honored to be here and I want to thank my fans for showing up at my concerts from time to time."
In 1999, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers received their own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, an honor that acknowledges both their musical achievements and their humanitarian involvement with such organizations as Greenpeace, the National Veteran's Foundation, USA Harvest, Rock & Wrap It Up, and AmFAR (the American Foundation for AIDS Research).
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers--hailing from Gainesville, Florida before officially forming in Los Angeles--kicked the musical doldrums of the mid-'70s in the face with their 1976 self-titled debut album. It featured a stripped-down-but-accomplished brand of rock that blended jumpy rhythm & blues rhythms, ringing guitars and keyboards, over which Petty grabbed listeners by their throats with his disarmingly blunt lyrics and extremely direct vocal style. Still, it took America a full year to catch up to the album.
1978's follow up, You're Gonna Get It!, proved the debut album's intensity was no fluke. Marking the band's first gold album, it featured the singles "Listen to Her Heart" and "I Need to Know." Success followed success (including Tom's debut solo album and his appearances as a member of The Traveling Wilbury's, as well as more hits with The Heartbreakers).