Tom Petty keeps his Mojo rising

By Carol Anne Szel

After 34 years since their first album, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers never cease to amaze.  With the rare blend of quality, endurance, integrity, and longevity garnering their  illustrious career, Petty is now set to release his first recording in eight years this June called “Mojo.”

The release is accompanied by a tour that takes this quintet across the nation from June to October this year, proving that fans old and new have been thirsting to quench their musical thirst on some good old rock and roll.  Which is exactly what Petty has provided all these many years selling more than 60 million albums to date with his solo career and with The Heartbreakers.

“Mojo” is unique in that it was recorded in a room.  Not a studio.  Not one member breezing in to do his part and heading out.  In a room.  Face-to-face, singing and playing together as a band.  Bringing music back to its roots, “Mojo” was recorded on the spot, no overdubs, no recording trickery.  The way real rock and roll set out to be.  As Petty has always sought to be and has remained all these decades.

Along with Mike Campbell on Guitar,  Benmont Tench handling Keyboards, Ron Blair on Bass, Scott Thurston with Harmonica and Guitar, and Steve Ferrone tackling Drums, Tom Petty’s latest release “Mojo” highlights the spectrum of musical genres from good old American rock and roll to country to acoustic & electric blues stylings. Look for the album’s release in June, along with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on the road this summer.

Discography:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1976
You’re Gonna Get It! 1978
Damn the Torpedoes 1979
Hard Promises 1981
Long After Dark 1982
Southern Accents 1985
Pack Up The Plantation: Live! 1985
Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) 1987
*Full Moon Fever 1989
Into The Great Wide Open 1991
Greatest Hits 1993
*Wildflowers 1994
Playback 1995
Songs and Music from ‘She’s The One’ 1996
Echo 1999
Anthology: Through The Years 2000
The Last DJ 2002
*Highway Companion 2006
The Live Anthology 2009
Mojo 2010

* Denotes Tom Petty solo album

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