Mike Campbell Honors Tom Petty With New Album, Tour

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Mike Campbell (second from L) with The Dirty Knobs (Photo: Pamela Littky; used with permission)

Mike Campbell and his longtime side band, The Dirty Knobs, have announced the release of their debut album and a 2020 tour. Wreckless Abandon arrives March 20 via BMG; the title track, with Campbell’s familiar guitar sound, was released today (Jan. 13).

The celebrated guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, has been playing with the Dirty Knobs for well over a decade. Following two dates later this month, the band will begin their U.S. tour on March 10. The announcement made no mention of any upcoming plans with Fleetwood Mac, whom Campbell joined for their extensive 2018-2019 tour.

In additional to Campbell, the Dirty Knobs are Jason Sinay on guitar and vocals, Lance Morrison on bass, and Matt Laug on drums.

The album was produced by Campbell and George Drakoulias (the Black Crowes, the Jayhawks), with all songs written by Campbell. It features further contributions from fellow Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers founding member Benmont Tench as well as Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Stapleton. Klaus Voormann, who is well known for doing the cover art for the Beatles’ Revolver, created the album artwork.

Of the project, Campbell explains, “The Dirty Knobs first got together almost 15 years ago but Wreckless Abandon is our first album and occasion to tour. Over the years, the Knobs became an outlet for me to play some of the other songs I was writing and to keep the creative juices flowing in between working on albums and tours with Tom and the Heartbreakers.”

After Petty’s death in 2017, one week after completing the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour, Campbell knew the only way to heal some of the pain was to throw himself wholeheartedly back into his music.

“Losing Tom was earth-shattering for me. It was a total shock,” Campbell continues. “It had felt like we would be playing together forever. For a while it was hard to imagine playing in my own band again, let alone one where I’m the frontman. Tom was always my beacon. But everything I’ve been doing since Tom passed, including this album with the Dirty Knobs, is in the spirit of honoring what we did together.”

Related: Our recap of the Heartbreakers’ final concert

Wreckless Abandon Track Listing
1. Wreckless Abandon
2. Pistol Packin’ Mama
3. Sugar
4. Southern Boy
5. I Still Love You
6. Irish Girl
7. Fuck That Guy
8. Don’t Knock The Boogie
9. Don’t Wait
10. Anna Lee
11. Aw Honey
12. Loaded Gun
13. Don’t Knock the Boogie (Coda)

Watch the video for the title track of Wreckless Abandon

Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs 2020 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)
Jan 24-25—Santa Barbara, CA—Soho Restaurant (Sold out)
Mar 10—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line Music Hall
Mar 11—Chicago, IL—Park West
Mar 13—Indianapolis, IN—The Hi Fi
Mar 15—Nashville, TN—Brooklyn Bowl (Opening Weekend)
Mar 17—Alexandria, VA—Birchmere
Mar 18—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live
Mar 20—Ridgefield CT—Ridgefield Playhouse
Mar 21—Derry, NH—Tupelo Music Hall
Mar 23—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall
Mar 26—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Bowl
Apr 07—San Francisco, CA—The Independent
Apr 10—Los Angeles, CA—The Troubadour
Apr 14—Boulder, CO—Fox Theatre
Apr 15—Denver, CO—Bluebird Theatre
Apr 17—Dallas, TX—Blue Light
Apr 18—Austin, TX—Antone’s
Apr 21—Houston, TX—Warehouse Live
Apr 24—New Orleans, LA—Jazz Fest
Apr 26—Gainesville, FL—High Dive
Apr 28—Tampa, FL—The Orpheum

Further shows to be announced soon.

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  1. Luis
    #1 Luis 14 January, 2020, 11:12

    Amazing to hear his voice; is so similar to Tom Petty’s. Great music and band.

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  2. Kevin
    #2 Kevin 15 January, 2020, 03:50

    Tom petty was one of a kind, miss him bad! God Bless you Mike Cambell, this is great!

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