Eric Church vs. Tom Petty

Eric Church is just the latest country musician to respond to Tom Petty’s recent comments about modern country music. While on stage at a concert in New York earlier this year, Petty called modern country music “Bad rock with a fiddle.” Tom recently sat down with Rolling Stone to explain what he meant. Petty said, “I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have.” Tom also said, “I don’t really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or any anything that fresh coming up. I’m sure there must be somebody doing it, but most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle 80’s where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos.” In a recent interview with a Connecticut radio station, Church responded to Tom’s comments. Eric said, “I’m not sure how informed somebody like that would be; I don’t know how much Tom Petty listens to country music,” While Church says that everybody is entitled to their own opinion, he also thinks that categorizing an entire format was a little unfair. And Eric doesn’t agree with what Petty said about that the quality of country music getting worse either. Church shared, “I think at any point of time, in any music, there’s always stuff that’s good, there’s always stuff that’s bad. I think you can go back to even (Johnny) Cash and Waylon (Jennings)’ time, and even after that, there’s stuff that wasn’t great …I think in their era, it was a little hipper. It was a little cooler.”