The official video for Tom Petty’s ‘Drivin’ Down to Georgia’, a previously unreleased song from 1992, is out now. More nostalgic for the South than anything else, the performance restates Thomas Wolfe’s warning: “You can’t go home again.” The video was directed by Alison Tavel and features archival footage by Martyn Atkins and Heartbreaker Ron Blair.
‘Drivin’ Down to Georgia’ is featured on ‘Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions)’, which debited at #8 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales and #5 on the Current Rock Albums chart. The songs were previously released on the limited edition Super Deluxe Edition of last year’s ‘Wildflowers & All The Rest’, which hit the Top 20 of the UK Official Albums Chart. A black vinyl version follows on June 25th
‘Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions)’ features 16 studio recordings of alternate takes, long cuts and jam versions of ‘Wildflowers’ songs as Tom, band members and co-producers Rick Rubin and Mike Campbell worked to finalize the album in 1994. The release offers fans further deep access into the writing and recording of ‘Wildflowers’, as well as realizing the full vision of the project as Tom had always intended.
The collection was produced by Ryan Ulyate, who listened to 245 reels of 24-track tape, revealing Tom and his collaborators’ evolutionary process and finding the group willing to do whatever it took to discover the essence and magic in the material.