2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever. In honor of the influential album, some of Tom’s closest friends and collaborators came together to put their own spin on Petty’s take of “Feel A Whole Lot Better.”
Chris Hillman was an automatic choice since Tom was a huge Byrds fan and produced Hillman’s solo album Bidin’ My Time in 2017. Herb Pedersen was in the Desert Rose Band with Hillman and toured with Petty and Mudcrutch in 2016. As for The Shelters, Tom Petty got involved with the band very early on, and he ended up co-producing their debut album in 2016. But it was producer/engineer Ryan Ulyate (TPHB’s/Mudcrutch/Chris Hillman/The Shelters) who suggested to Hillman and Pedersen that they do a new version of “Feel A Whole Lot Better” (Hillman played on The Byrds original, and it was the last song recorded for Full Moon Fever) with The Shelters.
Tom Petty Radio (Ch. 31) exclusively premiered their version of the song, which you can hear below:
Then head over to Tom Petty Radio for their special Tom Petty Radio Covers Weekend, where Peter Wolf — a longtime friend of Tom and J.Geils Band frontman — serves up extra helpings of his favorite Tom Petty cover songs as done by the Heartbreakers and other artists.
Airs: Thursday, November 28 at 6 am ET through Monday, December 2 at 3 am ET.
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