Tom Petty Reforms Mudcrutch For Debut LP

Runnin’ down a dream, etc. Maybe after Tom softly rocked the Superbowl Halftime show, he realized he had nowhere else to go but (I won’t back) down. Or, maybe he was itching to recapture the past and realized too many Traveling Wilbury’s could no longer travel. Whatever the case, Tom’s reuniting his pre-Heartbreakers band, Mudcrutch, for a new album and a tour of California. Via Tom Petty’s site:

The long awaited debut album from Mudcrutch, recorded in just two weeks last August, will be released on Reprise Records on April 29. Mudcrutch features Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Tom Leadon, and Randall Marsh.

In the early 70’s, they were heroes in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida. Mudcrutch seemed poised for more. But the band never cracked the national music scene or made a full album. Now, more than 30 years later and quite unexpectedly, the Mudcrutch story continues.

In addition to the release of the album on April 29, the band will undertake a short tour of intimate California venues starting on April 12 in Malibu and ending with a four-night run at the 500 capacity Troubadour in Los Angeles

We have specific dates for interested parties…

[Mudcrutch photo by Red Slater]

04/12 – Malibu @ Malibu PAC
04/14 – Santa Cruz @ Civic Auditorium
04/16 – San Francisco @ Fillmore
04/17 – San Francisco @ Fillmore
04/19 – Santa Barbara @ Arlington Theatre
04/20 – Ventura @ Ventura Theater
04/22 – Alpine @ Concerts In The Park
04/25 – West Hollywood @ Troubadour
04/26 – West Hollywood @ Troubadour
04/28 – West Hollywood @ Troubadour
04/29 – West Hollywood @ Troubadour

Petty’s site also notes that “Each person who orders tickets to the April Mudcrutch concerts will receive 6 downloadable tracks from the upcoming album before the album release date.” Don’t be heartbroken, Heartbreaker fans: Petty’s also touring this summer with his other band (and Steve Winwood). Look here.