Midnight Creeping with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “U.S. 41”

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 12th studio album and first collection of tracks with The Heartbreakers since 2002’s The Last DJ, is a departure from the Tom Petty that you thought you were acquainted with. Mojo is The Heartbreakers’ heavy-handed salute to the blues – an album that is steeped in the hotfooted Southern blues romps that were recorded live in-studio with no overdubs. Keyboard guru Benmont Tench: “When we sit around and we don’t have anything to learn or rehearse and we’re just messing around, this is the kind of music we play.” Petty cements their firm affinity for the blues with, “This is where the band lives when it’s playing for itself.”

This blue-chip long player is filled to the gills with a handful of superb cuts: “Jefferson Jericho Blues,” “Running Man's Bible,” “I Should Have Known It,” “Takin' My Time,” “Good Enough,” - the cut our rock ‘n roll stethoscopes are strung out over is their stand out, high-speed expressway take on the country blues, “U.S. 41.” Petty and the gang deliver a rugged workout that would sound right at home at an after-hours juke joint on Chicago’s Maxwell Street, 1964. Petty’s swamp water warble pairs perfectly with Campbell’s piercing dagger-like slide lines, Blair's bedrock-steady bass runs and Thurston’s bullish harp swoops of shrapnel.

Mojo is out now on Reprise Records

Tom Petty – guitar, vox
Mike Campbell - guitar
Benmont Tench - keys
Ron Blair - bass
Scott Thurston – mouth harp and guitar
Steve Ferrone – drums

“U.S. 41”
Written by: Tom Petty

My daddy came a marchin’
Over the hill at dawn
Had to make that wage man
That’s how we got along
My daddy’s life was workin’
Workin’ all day long
Put food on the table
And the children sang a song
Yes, the children sang a song

My grandad’s name was pulpwood
Wore a coat of green
Took a wife in ‘31
Drove the big machine
My daddy load the lumber
Put it on the truck
Used to see him walkin’ home on U.S. 41
That’s right, U.S. 41

All my life’s been workin’
Out the door and gone
Got to make that overtime
Keep us movin’ on
Need a drink of water
To get out of the sun
Burnin’ up to make that wage on U.S. 41
That’s right, U.S. 41

The boss man owns the business
Keeps it goin’ strong
Be blowin’ like a hurricane and
Work like nothin’s wrong
We got to keep on movin’
‘til the bell gone ring
Fill her up with kerosene
And let that lady sing
Whoa now, let that lady sing

His given name was Lucky
His wife’s name Annie Brown
Run outside the law
And they chased him right on down
Lucky faced the lawman
The captain drew his gun
They put him with a sling blade
That’s right, U.S. 41
On U.S. 41

Take Up Thy Rock 'N Roll Stethoscope and Walk,



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