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Samir Hussein

Country Musicians React to Tom Petty's Death

Sadness came in a whirlwind yesterday. As the news of the horrific shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival began to sink into our psyches, we learned that rock-and-roll icon Tom Petty had suffered a massive heart attack and had been pulled from life support.

Petty's songs left a deep imprint on country musicians. Songwriters from across the recent generations have drawn inspiration from his raw, organic and undeniably catchy songwriting techniques. You'll hear Petty's influence across modern country music, whether you turn on the radio dial or watch a live country show.

Here's how members of the country music world reacted to the news of his passing.

Eli Young Band

Brothers Osborne

"This day is a tough one," wrote the Brothers Osborne on Twitter, in a post later removed. "This man changed and saved our lives as kids. Crushed."

Jake Owen

Charlie Worsham

Lukas Nelson

Whitney Rose

Charles Kelley

Randy Rogers Band

Charlie Daniels

Justin Moore

Joe Henry

Sheryl Crow

Kalie Shorr


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