Skip to main content

Watch Kurt Vile Perform a Stripped-Down Cover of Tom Petty's "Learning to Fly"

At a recent SiriusXMU live session Kurt Vile performed a cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Learning to Fly.” Accompanied only by a percussion backing track and his own looped acoustic guitar, Vile took a laid-back country-tinged approach to Petty’s classic 1991 song.

Vile also performed an acoustic version of his song, “Bassackwards,” from his new album, Bottle It In.

Bottle It In was released on October 12 via Matador. Guests on the record include Kim Gordon, Cass McCombs, Lucius, Stella Mozgawa, Mary Lattimore and more.

You can pick up a copy of Bottle It In here.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month*

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.