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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Southern Accents

Adam Sweeting, Uncut, May 2004

IF YOU WERE COMPILING A LIST OF southern rock bands, you'd have The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The North Mississippi All Stars pencilled in pretty sharpish, and probably The Black Crowes, The Atlanta Rhythm Section and Molly Hatchet, too. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, however, might very well be absent, even though they originally hailed from Florida. After all, few outfits have become so identified with the sunshine, smog and sybaritic lifestyle out west in California. And it wasn't until the Heartbreakers were five albums into their career that Petty made a conscious effort to reconnect himself to his Florida roots with Southern Accents.

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