By Amy Ryan
March 20, 2006 at 12:00 PM EST

Maybe it’s because I can’t stop listening to Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins‘ otherworldly new CD Rabbit Fur Coat, which features an indie-all-star cover of the Traveling Wilburys’ ”Handle With Care.” Or maybe it’s that a key scene in last night’s episode of The Sopranos was set to the Heartbreakers’ singalong classic ”American Girl.” Whatever the reason, Tom Petty seems ubiquitous right now, and he’s only going to be more so in the coming months.

Billboard reports that Petty is marking the 30th anniversary of his recording debut with a new solo album (Highway Companion, due in June), a Heartbreakers summer and fall tour with a variety of co-headliners (possible names include Pearl Jam, John Mayer, and the Strokes), and a backstage documentary that Peter Bogdanovich is directing. The trade publication also contains an extensive interview with Petty and tributes from his musical peers and collaborators. I especially liked this exchange, in which Petty discusses the theme of his new album:

Petty: It’s just really a nice collection of songs. I think it does have an underlying theme of time and what it does to you.
Billboard: What does it do to you?
Petty: It makes you old, if you’re lucky.

Bless him.

addCredit(“Tom Petty: John Barrett/Globe Photos”)

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