It’s been one year since the death of Tom Petty, and the world is still decidedly more empty without his presence. But as is true with all beloved music makers, Petty continues to influence generations after him with his perfect melodies. The latest in a long and reverent string of covers comes from The Lumineers, with their version of Petty’s “Walls.”
In a high, slightly twangy tenor, singer and guitarist Wesley Schultz manages to capture the essence of the original while giving it a totally different treatment. The tempo is slowed considerably, from the rockabilly original to an easy ballad. The band chooses a simple arrangement of guitar, accordion, and tambourine, as well as some beautiful harmonies during the chorus. The effect is luminous, and surely a cover which would have made Petty smile.
Explore many more beautiful covers in a recent Best Covers of Every Track off Petty’s album ‘Wildflowers’