S4E13 - Jeff Slate

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Length: 1:17:05 - Release Date: August 17, 2022

Jeff Slate is an ASCAP award-winning singer/songwriter from New York City who has fronted several bands, including the 80’s mod punk band the Mindless Thinkers, has worked with musicians such as Earl Slick and Carlos Alomar, has opened for Sheryl Crow, toured Europe and has released numerous albums and singles both as part of different bands and as a solo artist. He’s also a prolific journalist, writing for publications such as Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and Esquire and has interviewed or written about artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Bob Geldof, David Bowie, Willie Nelson, and of course Tom Petty. Jeff is a lifelong fan of music and of musicians and is a huge admirer of Tom’s work, which is why I was most delighted to have him on the show.

Check out Jeff's huge body of work on his website, here: https://jeffslatehq.com/

Petty Trivia

QUESTION: Which rocker played drums and bass (and also sang backing vocals) on You Come Through, which was included on ‘95’s Playback box set.

ANSWER: It’s kinda cool that Lenny Kravitz dubbed drums and bass and added additional vocals but as came up online, I’d be really interested to learn whether or not an original version of that song has ever been mixed without his additions. Either way, it’s a fantastic tune and it really surprises me that it didn’t make Let Me Up. Once we get to that album we’ll be talking a lot about several tracks that didn’t make the cut  and what the album might have sounded like if they did.