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Artists join together to pay tribute to Tom Petty
Event at Eagle Creek to be held Sept. 28

Fans of Tom Petty can freefall into a night of the late musician’s songs on Sept. 28 at Eagle Creek Brewing House.  Homegrown Trading Post will present Free Falling: A Celebration of the Music of Tom Petty at 8 p.m. The night will feature local, regional and national acts all putting their own spin on Petty’s greatest hits.

Greg Kearney, of Homegrown Trading Post, says the lineup for the event will be incredible. Artists include Daniel Womack of The Futurebirds, Betsy Franck, Chris Mitchell, Dylan Bragg, Ben Lewis, Tall Paul Phillips, Amy Taylor, Myles & Avery Willis and Rev. Jake Hallman, along with Kearney. 

“What I like about this group is they each have their own voice and style, and I’m very confident they are going to do Mr. Petty proud,” Kearney said. 

Choosing Petty to pay tribute to was an easy choice, Kearney said.

“I think it's important to tip your hat to the legends of the game, with Tom Petty being a huge one.  His loss is a big one for American music. His music is timeless and has infiltrated the soundtrack of everyone's life at one point or another. We did a similar event for Gregg Allman last year and it sold out and was such a great night of music for our community that it inspired us to do more events like this more often,” he said. 

The format for the evening will be simple, Kearney said. Each musician will perform three to four Petty songs acoustically, with some having an accompanying musician or two. 

“We also have a big finale planned that I guarantee the likes of which Statesboro has never seen. The finale alone is worth the price of admission! No kidding,” he said. 

Local residents may remember last year’s Please Call Home: A Celebration of the Music of Gregg Allman, which was performed to a sold-out house. Kearney says more events like this are in the works.

“I've got a few ideas brewing but am focusing all of my energy into this event for the time being. There's always a ‘next show’ though,” he said. “We’ve put a lot of work into making this event possible for the good people of Statesboro. Being from here, I think this town needs more events like this. And now, we need Statesboro to show up and support its local music scene!”

Tickets for the event are $15 and are available at Eagle Creek, and online at

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