Tom Petty ‘For Real’ Cover to Feature Willie Nelson, More

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A photo at the recording session (L-R): Corey McCormick, Anthony Lo, Logan Metz, Adria Petty and Dhani Harrison (at center), with Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson and Micah Nelson (Photo: Joey Martinez via Harrison’s Facebook page)

A cover of a Tom Petty song, “For Real,” which itself was previously unreleased until it was included on the March 2019 The Best of Everything collection, has been recorded by a unique group of musical talent, led by Willie Nelson. Petty’s social media accounts teased a 15-second snippet of the recording on Sunday (Oct. 27).

Several of the participants, including Dhani Harrison and Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson, had previously shared a group photo last March 6 – believed to be at Hen House Studios in Venice, Calif. – with a “coming soon” tag. Other musicians tagged in the Petty social media posts were Jakob Dylan, Amos Lee, and another of Nelson’s sons, Micah Nelson.

The Oct. 27 instrumental teaser clip, with guitar, drums and harmonica, shows still photos of the participants and ends with “stay tuned.” Insiders say the song will premiere on Tom Petty Radio on SiriusXM. A video has also been produced. It’s not known if the recording is part of a Petty tribute album. (See the snippet below.)

Watch the video of Petty’s own version of “For Real,” directed by his daughter, Adria

The Best of Everything is the first career-spanning collection of all of Petty‘s hits with the Heartbreakers, his solo work and Mudcrutch. In addition to such favorites as “The Waiting,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Even the Losers,” it included two previously unreleased tracks, one of which was “For Real.”

Listen to the 15-second snippet of the “For Real” cover

Watch some brief footage of the recording session

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