For an artist who is abundant in his creation of original music and songs, it seems a counter intuitive move to release a cover version, especially one as highly regarded as Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”.
However Brian brings some new elements to the song, his evocative guitar playing for one, as well as a new, laidback feel. “ I’ve been a fan of Tom’s since I purchased his first album on the day it was released in New Zealand. Following his progress avidly from there led me to falling in love with his solo album, “Full Moon Fever”, and this track in particular since it featured two other favourite artists of mine - Jeff Lynn and George Harrison. Jeff’s production, in particular has been an inspiration over the years. “I Won’t Back Down” brings all those elements together for me, an absolute honour and pleasure to record and perform, a tribute to Tom Petty and all those guys fantastic work. I’ve tried to keep the essential elements of the track and still put my own stamp on it.”