Earlier this month via Jagjaguwar, Cut Worms (moniker of singer/songwriter/artist Max Clarke) released his new album, Nobody Lives Here Anymore. Throughout the album, Clarke flits between an array of musical eras. Today, Clarke presents a cover of Tom Petty’s “Louisiana Rain,” a song that both celebrates Clarke’s wide scope of influence and Petty’s birthday. Clarke’s version remains true to the track’s balladry, outfitted with a sweeping chorus and notes of honeyed pedal steel.
“Growing up in that place called the midwest, Tom Petty’s music was everywhere and nowhere. I couldn’t tell you the first time I heard it because it just felt like something that was always there, like part of the landscape,” says Clarke. “It influences you like heat coming off a highway or a smoke-filled barroom or a warm summer evening might influence you. I was fortunate enough to see Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers live one time at an outdoor pavilion in Ohio called Blossom Music Center. It poured rain and he played for 3 and a half hours. Sounded incredible. I was glad to get to record this tribute to him. I was also glad that my bandmates could play on it with me (albeit remotely). I sent it around and everyone put their parts on and then I mixed it. I’m pleased with how it came out and I hope you like it. Hope Tom would have liked it.”
Additionally, an exclusive performance by Cut Worms will be presented this Friday on WXPN’s Indie Rock Hit Parade.