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Part 1: "She couldn't help thinkin' that there was a little more to life somewhere else”

Hosts Allison Zatarain and Richard Gottehrer dig into the Tom Petty classic “American Girl.” They share the original and compare its meaning to the moody new version by Catey Shaw sung woman to woman. Resident musicologist Richard Barone and Richard G. explore Tom Petty’s transformative journey from Florida to L.A. and the mysterious girl he portrays in the song.

Part 2: “She had something breakable just under her skin”

Richard Gottehrer and Allison Zatarain tell the story behind reimagining the Counting Crows' song “American Girls” for Instant Love. They play the original pop tune and their new ballad version sung woman to woman by Alice Pisano. Live from London, Alice Pisano shares her thoughts with Allison on how changing the pronoun shifts the message. Resident musicologist Richard Barone and Richard G. explore what happens when a rock song is transformed into a deep and rich ballad about love and loss.

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