Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ infectious rendition of J. J. Cale’s classic ‘Call Me The Breeze’ is out now, accompanied by a video which was directed and hand-illustrated by the Emmy Award-winning Jeff Scher. The new track is taken from the highly-anticipated ‘Live at the Fillmore (1997)’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ first live record in over a decade – which will be released on November 25 via Warner Records and is available to pre-save/pre-order HERE.
The video features characterful animations of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performing live at the Fillmore, hand drawn by educator and filmmaker Scher, whose body of work includes music videos for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and others as well as pieces in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Harvard Film Archive, The Centre Pompidou and the National Film Archive of Austria.
Jeff Scher says, “‘Call Me The Breeze’ is an anthem to freedom. The most direct metaphor for me was driving and the joy of unrestricted motion which made me think of the way things blur when they fly past. I was excited to try and recreate that motion blur with paint and pastel. I started with the first shot and just kept adding shots and cutting it together as I went. You might say it just evolved as it grew. Making the video in this way felt like I’d incorporated the spirit of the song into the process of making the video.”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were long-term fans of the late singer J. J. Cale. The band frequently played his songs in their sets, and Petty often played Cale songs on his acclaimed Buried Treasure show on Tom Petty Radio. ‘Call Me The Breeze’ is one of two J. J. Cale covers on ‘Live at the Fillmore’, alongside ‘I’d Like To Love You Baby’. Other album highlights include Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Time is On My Side’ and more from The Kinks, Everly Brothers, Bill Withers, The Byrds and Chuck Berry, along with extended versions of original tracks ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’ and ‘It’s Good To Be King’.
‘Call Me The Breeze’ is the latest offering from ‘Live At The Fillmore’, the legendary 20-show run that Petty noted as “the highpoint of our time together as a group.” An intimate, stripped-down version of ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and ‘Listen To Her Heart’, with an accompanying video directed by Peter Sluszka, are also out now.