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Tom Petty unreleased ‘Leave Virginia Alone’ out now

“‘Wildflowers’ the way he always wanted it to be heard.” – Rolling Stone

‘Leave Virginia Alone’, the previously unreleased lead single from Tom Petty and the long-awaited ‘All The Rest’ collection, is out now. Tom wrote the song in January 1993, early in the evolution of the ‘Wildflowers’ album.

The song debuts alongside a video that was co-directed by Mark Seliger and Tom’s daughter Adria Petty. The video stars emerging actress/dancer Casimere Jollette (Netflix’s forthcoming ‘Tiny Pretty Things’) and was shot around Connecticut as well as in and around Seliger’s studio in New York City.

In an interview with David Fricke on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio yesterday, Adria noted, “We were very resourceful about trying to create a character that could be assigned to anyone. That’s why Virginia in this video is very mysterious but she has her little glimpses of character. We really worked to cast someone authentic, that felt like they were really feeling their feelings and someone that you could believe. We really wanted the song to do the heavy lifting in this video, and sort of step out of the way and just give it something to breathe with.”

Seliger added, “The one idea that kept coming back to both of us is that we really want Tom to be narrating the story. We really want to hear his voice as he runs you through this journey that this woman is having.” 

‘Leave Virginia Alone’ follows the release of the previously unheard track ‘Confusion Wheel’, as well as ‘Wildflowers (Home Recording)’ and ‘There Goes Angela (Dream Away) (Home Recording)’. 

‘Wildflowers & All The Rest’ will be released on multiple formats on October 16th via Warner Records, and is available for pre-order  

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