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
— EliYoungBand (@EliYoungBand) October 3, 2017
"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."
"I'm gonna keep this world from dragging me down, I'll stand my ground." -Tom Petty#timely
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) October 2, 2017
we all wanted to be Tom Petty when we grew up. already needed to hear this song today. was not prepared to hear about Tom Perry's death too. https://t.co/OSjSxW6Xr1
— Charlie Worsham (@charlieworsham) October 2, 2017
— Lukas Autry Nelson (@lukasnelson) October 2, 2017
You've got a room at the top of the world tonight, Tom. https://t.co/hee7KrnjV3
— Whitney Rose (@whitneyroseband) October 2, 2017
Between the Vegas shooting and now @tompetty sad news I'm in a state of shock. What a sad day
— Charles Kelley (@charleskelleyla) October 2, 2017
Randy Rogers Band
No I won’t back down #RIPTomPetty thank you sir for being such a inspiration to our band in every single way possible.
— Randy Rogers Band (@RandyRogersBand) October 2, 2017
Shocked to hear about Tom Petty dying. RIP
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) October 2, 2017
Now, Tom Petty. Today sucks. RIP to my favorite rocker ever. Regret I never saw him live. Prayers go out to his family...
— Justin Moore (@JustinColeMoore) October 2, 2017
church elder of our tribe. pic.twitter.com/VYf10goJFp
— Joe Henry (@JoeHenryMusic) October 3, 2017
I feel like today, the music truly died. Can't go see/hear music and be safe and one of the greats just passed. 💔
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017