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Tom Petty’s earned the right to indulge himself however he sees fit. The sturdy rock veteran knows his Americana songbook backwards and forwards and if he decides to reunite his early-70s group Mudcrutch as if the Heartbreakers and four decades of success never happened, so be it. This 2008 self-titled debut album from the band that once existed mostly as a memory is a testament to Petty’s southern rock roots. He puts down his Rickenbacker guitar and dutifully returns to the bass he played in the band’s original incarnation, turning guitar duties over to Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and Tom Leadon, brother of the Eagles / Flying Burrito Brothers’ player Bernie. Essentially, it’s the sound of the Heartbreakers channeling not the Byrds of “Eight Miles High” but of the Gram Parsons-era Sweetheart of the Rodeo: country harmonies, swooning organ and a western lope highlighting “Orphan of the Storm,” more tight harmonies capitalizing on the inspired glow of “Scare Easy,” a long jam extending “Crystal River” and outright tribute being paid with covers of the Byrds’ “Lover of the Bayou” and Dave Dudley’s “Six Days on the Road,” a tune popularized to rock audiences by the Burrito Brothers back in the late 1960s. 

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Unexpected Gem

I'm not familiar with Mudcrutch so I didn't know what to expect here. Of course I'm familiar with Tom Petty, but I haven't been keen on any of his releases since Wildflowers, so that tempered my expectations as well. I must say, I'm blown away. This is country rock as it should be, sturdy but unhinged, organic and alive. Nothing forced, faked or hammered into place. A top 10 of '08 release and a welcome return to "form" (whatever that means) for TP.

An American treasure!

Tom Petty is a living legacy, an American treasure. This album is just brilliant! This is Petty's pre - Heartbreakers band and I find it amazing that he was writing such perfect songs so early in his career. Forget Elvis! Petty is the king of Rock 'N Roll! Check out the spaced out jam "Crystal River", excellent! The first single "Scare Easy" sounds great. It could easily fit onto any of the Heartbreakers records. "Shady Grove" is a great old timey American classic. I could go on and on, but its easier to advise you to just buy the whole album. Yeah, its that good.

Brilliant work

This is Petty's best music since the Wildflowers album. Though they have not played together in 30 years, the sound is amazing, effortless, and brilliant. BUY THIS ALBUM!


Formed: 1970 in Gainesville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Formed in Gainesville, FL, in 1970, Mudcrutch were essentially a precursor to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, with a then 17-year-old Tom Petty on bass, Mike Campbell and Tom Leadon (the brother of ex-Eagle Bernie Leadon) on guitars, Benmont Tench on keyboards, and Randall Marsh on drums. Popular on the Florida bar circuit, Mudcrutch relocated to L.A. in 1974 and was offered a recording contract from Leon Russell and Denny Cordell's Shelter Records, but the band splintered before any significant recording...
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