Tom Petty slammed popular, modern country music in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.  Previously, Petty had described the genre as, "Bad rock with fiddle."  When asked to elaborate on that statement, Petty had this to say:

"I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have. I'm sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they're just not getting the attention that the sh#!!ier stuff gets. But that's the way it always is, isn't it? But I hope that kind of swings around back to where it should be. But I don't really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or any anything that fresh coming up. I'm sure there must be somebody doing it, but most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle Eighties where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos. I don't want to rail on about country because I don't really know much about it, but that's what it seems like to me." 

For years, Tom Petty songs have been covered by popular country music artists in concert.  Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean are just a few of the popular country artists that have covered Tom Petty in concert.  In fact, some have said that Kenny Chesney's latest album, Pirate Flag, sounds a lot like a Tom Petty album.

In the same interview, Petty also discussed his upcoming new album.  He thinks it should release early next year.