Preview: Music to Your Ears – Tom Petty’s Greatest Hits

Tom Petty was a giant of American music. Petty released more than a dozen studio albums with his band, three solo albums, two records as a member of supergroup Traveling Wilburys, and more. Along the way Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and earned a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Seven of the band’s albums went Gold (500,000 units sold) and six went Platinum or multi-Platinum. Biggest of all, their Greatest Hits album – released three decades ago this year – sold a staggering 12 million copies.

It’s easy to forget just how many hits Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers landed on the charts. For a generation, Petty’s brand of straight-ahead, tuneful and heartfelt rock ruled the airwaves. From the band’s first breakthrough 1976 single, “American Girl” through the posthumously-released “Leave Virginia Alone,” Petty and his band created a long string of songs that were classics in every sense of the word, earning both critical acclaim and chart success.

The music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers served – and continue to serve – as part of the soundtrack of modern life.

Now there’s an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits with fellow music lovers. In celebration of their body of work, the latest in the popular Music to Your Ears discussion series will explore some of the group’s biggest hits, as well as Petty’s inspirations, influences and collaborators. I’ll be joined by Damon Goldman – leader, guitarist and vocalist with tribute group Somewhat Petty – for an evening of listening and conversation about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Damon may even sing and play a Tom Petty song or two. The evening is the latest installment of the popular “Music to Your Ears’ discussion series, hosted by Asheville Guitar Bar and sponsored by AshevilleFM.

Join me for an evening in discussion. We’ll listen to key tracks and encourage questions, comment and shared wisdom from the audience.

WHAT: Music to Your Ears Discussion Series: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits
WHO: Discussion led by music journalist/author Bill Kopp with co-host Damon Goldman (Somewhat Petty)
WHERE: Asheville Guitar Bar, 122 Riverside Dr., Suite D, Asheville
WHEN: Wednesday, August 2, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30) $10 at the door / SEATING IS LIMITED