Best Tribute: Tom Petty SuperJam
As the leader of this year's SuperJam, My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Callahan called up a rotating cast of singers from pop, indie rock, country and soul to pay tribute to Tom Petty. There was plenty of star power – Paramore's Hayley Williams tackled "Into the Great Wide Open," while Sheryl Crow blazed through a casually masterful "American Girl" – and several surprise duets: Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon (pictured here) reprised Stevie Nicks' and Petty's roles on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," and Rayland Baxter and his father, pedal steel player Bucky Baxter, performed together on "Here Comes My Girl." An event like this could make an argument about overlooked songs in Petty's catalog, or reimagine some of Petty's classic tracks as a way of illustrating connections between his work and later bands that used his music as inspiration. But this SuperJam had a more straightforward goal: Eliciting sing-alongs. The song choice was a greatest-hits distillation of Petty's catalog, and the renditions were unfailingly faithful. One of the night's most exciting moments came when a singer made room for his own interpretation of Petty's work. Jalen N'Gonda's "You Got Lucky" was full of virtuosic falsetto runs, pushing Petty's mean-spirited original – "you got lucky when I found you" – toward something tender and more reverent. E.L.