Music: New Petty Album; Indy on July 10 

The rock of Tom Petty returns, as the Heartbreakers hit Indianapolis July 10 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Drive-By Truckers as openers. Petty will release the new album "Mojo", the band's first together in eight years, this spring before embarking on a summer tour starting May 6th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The slow-burn cut Good Enough is streaming now at Pettys official site (link is below). My Morning Jacket, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, Drive-By Truckers and Crosby, Stills and Nash will all join Petty on the road at various points throughout the tour.
Listen to "Good Enough" here

Indiana singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Wilber is again on the road with John Prine, in Texas for a show in Dallas tonight and two in Austin this weekend. He'll be opening some shows for Greg Brown in April.

Indianapolis's Henry French will play a birthday show on March 4 at Locals Only. No cover charge. Billed as Henry French and Friends, it's an opportunity to see a guy who has plenty of talent, and has moved on from his previous band. We'll see how he's doing Thursday.

Johnny Cashs Guess Things Happen That Way was the 10 billionth song sold through Apples itunes music store. Seems a little more than a coincidence that it was happened on what would have been Cash's birthday, but I'll let that go.... This milestone download earned 71- year-old Louie Sulcer a congratulatory phone call from Steve Jobs, a $10,000 iTunes gift card, a call from Rosanne Cash, and then Cash's husband, musician John Leventhal, played the winning song live over the phone. Pretty cool.

Speaking of John Prine - one of the best singer/songwriters of the last 50 years - here's one recorded last week in Philadelphia. (acoustic performance during band show):


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A music writer for more than 30 years, Rob began as a rock radio jock at age 17. Born in central Indiana, Rob moved north and spent his college years in Hillsdale, Michigan. That meant traveling to Detroit for all the good rock shows, and explains his affinity for Seger, the J. Geils Band, and Mitch Ryder. He's... more

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