I reckon that those of you out there with even a sliver of interest in MUDCRUTCH already know the story behind these guys, so we'll be short-shrifting this a bit....
Seems that, before he started hanging around with HEARTBREAKERS and travelling with WILBURYS, TOM PETTY was a member of Mudcrutch. He sang and played bass. Future Heartbreakers MIKE CAMPBELL and BENMONT TENCH were members, too -- as were guitarist/singer TOM LEADON and drummer RANDALL MARSH. But things never quite worked out. They never even recorded an album.
Until now. Perhaps feeling nostalgic, Mr. Petty got the band back together, and they've gone ahead and recorded a self-titled LP -- some 35 years after their original break-up. "Better late than never," as the saying goes.
The songs below are for the guitar-lovers out there. The first is finger-pickin' good; the second is electric & dirty-sounding in all the right ways.
MUDCRUTCH on MySPACE.
[MP3] "Shady Grove"
[MP3] "Lover of the Bayou"