Eddie Vedder Channels Tom Petty on New Solo Song “Long Way,” a Preview of His New Solo LP ‘Earthling’

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Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder announced a new solo album, Earthling, previewing the record with a heartfelt, road trip-ready anthem bursting with emotion and an almost Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers vibe.

Titled “Long Way,” the track was produced by Andrew Watt and features Vedder’s unmistakable vocals paired with a soulful, yearning energy:

It’s the first song shared ahead of the new record, and will be accompanied by another song titled “The Haves” in the coming days/weeks.

Once released, Earthling will be Vedder’s third proper full-length solo record and the first since 2011’s Ukulele Songs — though he’s kept plenty busy separate from his work with Pearl Jam, which released the dynamic new album Gigaton in 2020 (and is still awaiting a proper tour in support of it).

Just this past August, Vedder teamed up with longtime friend/collaborator Glen Hansard and Cat Power on eight new compositions for the soundtrack album to Flag Day, a film directed by Sean Penn (another of Vedder’s longtime friends and collaborators).

And back in late 2020, Vedder dropped an EP of at-home recordings titled Matter of Time.

Coming up later this month and in early October, Eddie Vedder will pull double duty at his Ohana Festival in Dana Point, Calif., repeating a week later with Ohana Encore, performing with the likes of Kings of Leon, Black Pumas, Beck, Lord Huron, My Morning Jacket, Maggie Rogers, the Frames, Spoon, Cold War Kids, Brandi Carlile, Yola and more.

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