“It’s hard to say what it is I see in you
Wonder if I’ll always be with you
But words can’t say, And I can’t do
Enough to prove,
It’s all for you.”
‘90s babies will surely remember the 1997 chart-topping hit “All For You” from platinum-selling Gainesville, FL band Sister Hazel. Two decades later, the group is still going strong, being hailed as “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine and making the switch from rock to country music.
Among a slew of accolades over the past 20 years, in 2018 alone, they made their debut at the Grande Ole Opry; Water, Volume I of their collectible compilation series titled Elements, hit No. 9 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart; and Wind, Volume II of that series debuted at No. 1 on iTunes, at No. 11 on Billboard’s Independent Chart, at No. 16 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Chart, and at No. 5 on Billboard’s Country Album Sales chart.
Sister Hazel also actively gives back through Lyrics For Life, a charity founded by singer Ken Block that brings together musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.
Fresh off the release of their latest EP Wind, Andrew Copeland talked to Musical Notes Global all about how fellow Gainesville band Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have influenced Sister Hazel’s music and gave us the scoop on their series of new EPs. Check out the interview below.
What are the band’s top five Tom Petty Songs?
Well, I can’t really speak for the entire band but mine would be:
“Even the Losers”
“Don’t Do Me Like That”
“Here Comes My Girl”
“Listen To Her Heart”
Yes, I know that’s six but I couldn’t narrow it down to just five.
As a musician and band also from Gainesville, FL, what does Tom Petty’s legacy mean to you?
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ legacy means the world to us. It was the soundtrack of my life growing up and I always took great pride in knowing that Tom and the boys came from Gainesville. I love the fact that occasionally we are mentioned in the same context as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers for being a successful band out of Gainesville, Florida.
How big of an influence was he on your career?
Tom’s song writing and that band are a huge influence on me musically. I can only dream of writing a song so carefully crafted that it sounds simple yet delivers a powerful impact.
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