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'Sons of Anarchy' star Katey Sagal covers Tom Petty's 'Free Fallin''

Katey Sagal performed at The Paley Center for Media's 2013 benefit gala honoring FX Networks, which is the home of "Sons of Anarchy."

On "Covered," actress and singer Katey Sagal's first studio album in nine years, the "Sons of Anarchy" star takes on songs by Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell and more. 

The project's first single, which debuts here ahead of the album's Nov. 11 release, reimagines Tom Petty's 1989 classic "Free Fallin'."

From Rolling Stone: Listen to Katey Sagal's 'Free Fallin''

"I really wanted to record a Tom Petty song," Sagal tells Rolling Stone. "Growing up in the Valley and hearing 'Free Fallin'' all over the radio really resonated with me in so many ways."

The same might be said about her impression of Jackson Browne, who duets with Sagal on Steve Earle's "Goodbye." Elsewhere on "Covered," she pays tribute to the California singer-songwriter with a rendition of "For a Dancer," which originally appeared on his 1974 album "Late for the Sky."

More from Rolling Stone: Backstage with Katey Sagal and the Forest Rangers

Alongside Sagal's acting career, she has lent backing vocals to artists from Bette Midler and Bob Dylan to Tanya Tucker and Gene Simmons. On "Covered," her third studio album, she is backed by the Forest Rangers, who are led by "Sons of Anarchy" music supervisor and musical director Bob Thiele. Thiele, along with songwriter Tonio K, penned "Follow the River," the record's one original number. 

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