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What Does Tom Petty Really Think of Country Music?

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I grew up on what’s now known as “classic rock” and country music and I happen to like both very much, but as for Tom Petty, well, he’s apparently not a fan.

Back in May, Tom Petty was doing a show in New York City and he started talking smack about the state of country music.

He described it as “bad rock with fiddle” and recently, Rolling Stone Magazine decided to throw that in his face during an interview and find out if that’s the way he really feels.

He said, “Well, yeah I mean, I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it sure does seem to be missing that magic element it used to have. I’m sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they’re just not getting the attention that the [crappier] stuff gets. But that’s the way it always is, isn’t it? But I hope that kind of swings around back to where it should be. I don’t really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or anything that fresh coming up. I don’t want to rail on country because I don’t really know much about it, but that’s what it seems like to me.”

Are you annoyed by this because I am a little. If you haven’t listened to the music, who are you to say one way or the other that it sucks?

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