Pearl Jam's Mike McCready teams up with KT Tunstall to cover Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down"

Written by on May 9, 2018

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesPearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has teamed up with “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” singer KT Tunstall for a cover of the Tom Petty classic “I Won’t Back Down.” You can download the track now via digital outlets.

McCready handles guitar and backing vocals on the cover, while Tunstall sings lead vocals. The track also features Leah Julius of the Seattle band Thunderpussy on drums.

The trio wanted to record “I Won’t Back Down” to “serve as a loud shout of support to all the people all over the world marching, protesting and standing up for justice and equality.” They also released a video for the cover featuring footage from a variety of recent political protests, including the Women’s March and the March for Our Lives, which you can watch now on YouTube.

Proceeds from the cover will benefit Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation charity organization.

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