by Gargs Allard

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Jake Thistle, 14-year-old guitar phenom, and coverer and lover of classic rock legends, performed on eight sets in Gainesville on the occasion of Tom Petty’s birthday during two major Tom Petty Festivals held in adjacent parks there over the weekend of October 20.

After his stay in Gainesville, the New Jersey native also agreed to appear on the Gargsville Radio Hour to talk about his experiences. During our conversation, Jake expressed his gratitude, his love for Tom Petty, his love for other rockers like Bruce Springsteen and John Hiatt, and his own songwriting, along with his plans for school and his music future.

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