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Tom Petty Slams Today’s Country Music

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Plenty of today’s country stars are self-proclaimed Tom Petty fans, but apparently the feeling isn’t mutual. Back in May, Tom reportedly commented on today’s modern country music while on stage at the Beacon Theater in New York calling the genre “bad rock with a fiddle.”

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, he goes on to say, “I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that 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 s***tier stuff gets.”

Petty says he and his band, The Heartbreakers, borrowed their influence from country music, but certainly not today’s sound or the artists that currently make up the genre.

He said, “I don’t really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or any anything that fresh coming up. I’m sure there must be somebody doing it, but most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle 80s where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos.”

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 13th studio album is in the works and is due out in early 2014.

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