George Strait Releases Cover Of Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me”
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George Strait Releases Cover Of Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me”

George Strait’s Live Cover Of Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me” Gives An Incredible Country Ode To The Late Rock Star’s Classic Hit.

As part of the new tribute album, Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty, which was officially released on Friday, June 21, some of country music’s biggest stars, including Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, and Luke Combs, are featured honoring the late rock legend by covering his biggest hits.


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George Strait’s version of “You Wreck Me” on the tribute album is a live performance, adding a raw and unfiltered country twist to Petty’s classic rock sound. As Strait belts out the iconic lyrics, fans are treated to an incredible rendition that pays respect to the rock icon.

“Tonight we ride, right or wrong/ Tonight we sail, on a radio song/ Rescue me, should I go down/ If I stay too long in trouble town”

“Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby/ You break me in two/ But you move me, honey/ Yes you do”

This isn’t the first time George Strait has covered the song, however. He’s been known to include “You Wreck Me” in his own concerts, with the most recent performance noted as part of his encore at last week’s record-breaking concert at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, according to

Petty originally wrote “You Wreck Me” for his 1994 solo album Wildflowers, with music composed by his longtime guitarist, Mike Campbell. The single, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, quickly became a live concert favorite for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Over the nearly three decades since its release, Petty performed the song almost 500 times, including at his final show in 2017 at the Hollywood Bowl, shortly before his untimely death at 66.

You can listen to George Straits rendition of “You Wreck Me” in the video below.

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