Tom Petty Planted a Seed With Wildflowers

Tom Petty’s 1994 album Wildflowers always takes me back to one of the most enjoyable summers I ever had, working as a camp counselor in East Tennessee without a college textbook in sight. Of course, “You Don’t Know How It Feels” turned out to be that album’s biggest hit. (Who could deny the line about “Let’s smoke another whhhrrrr”?) But when I listen to Wildflowers now, I’m drawn to songs like “A Higher Place,” “Crawling Back to You” and “Time to Move On,” mostly because they captured my mindset at 20 years old. Plus, you can really hear the instruments. Produced by Rick Rubin, this exceptional album probably helped set the stage for the Americana movement — you know, if you study that sort of thing. Enjoy the single-camera video for Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”

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