Re: Steve Earle / Tom Petty
posted at 1/29/2014 4:38 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
Well, if there's no connection, then that's the way you see it. That's your response. If Petty is that far up the food chain for you, that's your answer. You don't put the two on the same page.
I'll edit the OP to clarify, if that helps.
It was late when I started the thread (maybe I should have waited until this morning, oh well), but in light of Pete Seeger's death I was thinking of American rock musicians, not to compare them to Seeger and his legacy by any means, but in simple terms of heritage and what they've delivered to their fans. Just interested, also, to see who is into one, but not the other.
It's obvious that Petty has the higher profile and status, but that has nothing to do with taste or with an experience based on concert attendance.
It's not as though I asked, "Kid Rock or Bob Dylan?", you know.
Hmm. I guess I was just confused what parallel you were going for with the two.
I would put Neil Young and Petty together if you are trying to compare singer/songwriter renegade types.
Neil is probably more respected across the board than Petty I think, mostly due to age, but I don't get the Earle thing.
Earle is a good songwriter, but he's not Petty in that regard. Also, the longevity and consistency, not to mention the backing band Petty had around him, the live playing, chemistry, etc, is something Earle has never really put forward. Petty be known as Petty, but the Heartbreakers, mostly Campbell on lead and Tench on keys are vital, vital parts of how Petty's music comes across.
Meanwhile, it's really all Earle on stage/in the studio to me.
I look at Steve Earle and see maybe a Merle Haggardd/Townes Van Zandt kind of thing. Texas country/rock stuff. Maybe even a JJ Cale makes some sense to compare. Haggard and Cale from Oklahoma, near Texas where Earle is from.
Petty is a rock and roll throwback with some west coast 60s Byrds influences, the Burrito Bros, etc mixed with the obvious Stones blues based boogie rock influences.
Well, clearly, all bets are off with regard to Petty and Earle being viewed as peers, but you did a nice job in giving Earle his props, by placing him among musicians that you do see as his peer group.
I've often had problems (not here, or in music discussions specifically, but in general) when I see people making comparisons that don't lead to a logical conclusion, which I seemed to have done here (a good yogi is a humble yogi :) ), but at least in this instance, it translated to thinking about both musicians fairly.