The Petty Archives

By Thor Christensen
The Milwaukee Journal - June 21, 1985

Proudly declaring his rebel roots on his newest LP, "Southern Accents," Tom Petty -- performing at Alpine Valley Sunday at 8 p.m. -- is in the process of establishing as a heartland rocker in the Seger-Springsteen league. The Florida-born Petty and his Heartbreakers brandish a driving style of grassroots rock, influenced by the blues, country, and the Byrds, as well as British Invasion pop sensibility. Expect the Petty trademarks ("American GIrl," "I Need To Know," "Refugee," etc.) as well as much of "Accents."

Opening the show is 'Til Tuesday, Boston's version of Missing Persons, currently hot with its hit "Voices Carry." Tickets are $12.50 for lawn seating, $19 for reserved.