Mudcrutch "Mudcrutch"


Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#755 in the series) is the debut self-titled album by Mudcrutch.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never been the biggest Tom Petty fan.  Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s OK, I do like him. I’ve seen him and really enjoyed the show. (Althought I liked the opening band the del Fuegos better)  I’ve liked some of this work but I think the best thing he ever did was his original single “American Girl” and that was 1976.

But…. however, I really liked his Mudcrutch album!

Here’s what Mudcrutch was all about. They were Petty’s first band formed in 1970.  The band did include a number of future Heartbreakers. They released a single and never amounted to all that much however, years later, after fame and fortune had fallen upon Tom, he decided to get the old band back together and this was the result.

Here’s the lineup, Tom Petty on vocals and BASS guitar. Mike Campbell on lead guitar,  Benmont Tench on keyboards, vocals.  Randall Marsh on drums and Tom Leadon on rhythm guitar and backing vocals.

Tom Leadon is the brother of Bernie Leadon.  You of course know Bernie from the Flying Burrito Brothers and some other band named after a popular American bird.

Mudcrutch was recoreded live in the studio. I really endorse that type of recording, especially for good, old fashioned straight forward music like this. Yeah, it might be hard for some bands to pull that off. It was a perfect choice for Mudcrutch.  It’s a shame that more acts don’t use that method. I’m sure it would save bands a ton of cash on studio time finances as well.

What are some of the highlights you ask? Id say they include the traditional “Shady Grove.” (Think the Dillards on The Andy Griffith Show.) and “Lover of the Bayou.”  This was an old Byrds song that was always very hard to find.  In fact, I’m pretty sure they only place to find it was on an old live album.  “Topanga Cowgirl,” ” Bootleg Flyer” and “Scare Easy.”

Mudcrutch debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

It was produced by Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate.

The band did a short tour and released a follow up live EP later in 2008 called Extended Play Live.

— Larry Carta

Track listing

  1. “Shady Grove” – Traditional 3:58
  2. “Scare Easy” – Tom Petty 4:35
  3. “Orphan of the Storm” – Petty 4:07
  4. “Six Days on the Road” – Earl Green, Carl Montgomery 3:28
  5. “Crystal River” – Petty 9:29
  6. “Oh Maria” – Petty 3:43
  7. “This Is a Good Street” –  Benmont Tench  1:54
  8. “The Wrong Thing to Do” –  Petty  4:10
  9. “Queen of the Go-Go Girls” –  Tom Leadon 3:42
  10. “June Apple” – Traditional 2:25
  11. “Lover of the Bayou” – Roger McGuinn, Jacques Levy 4:32
  12. “Topanga Cowgirl” – Petty 3:54
  13. “Bootleg Flyer” –  Petty, Mike Campbell 3:48
  14. “House of Stone” –  Petty 3:00
  15. “Special Place (iTunes Bonus Track)” 4:41


  • Tom Petty – bass guitar, vocals
  • Randall Marsh – drums
  • Tom Leadon – guitar, vocals, lead vocal on “Queen of the Go-Go Girls”, co-lead vocal on “Shady Grove”
  • Mike Campbell – guitar, mandolin
  • Benmont Tench – keyboards, vocals, lead vocal on “This Is a Good Street”

Here’s some cool Americana to check out.

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  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers .. 'Hypnotic Eye'
  • Bob Dylan
  • Complete Footage of “The Last Waltz” Concert Surfaces
  • Lyle Lovett 'Lyle Lovett'
  • Brian Setzer 'The Knife Feels Like Justice'
  • Matraca Berg
  • Eva Cassidy 'Songbird'
  • Songs: Ohia 'The Magnolia Electric Co.'
  • Rosanne Cash 'The River & the Thread'
  • Tom Russell 'Heart on a Sleeve'
  • The Bottle Rockets 'The Bottle Rockets' and 'The Brooklyn Side'
  • Jason Isbell 'Southeastern'
  • 2013 Americana Music Honors and Award Winners Announced.
  • Robbie Fulks 'Gone Away Backward'
  • Americana Music Festival and Conference 2013 Schedule.
  • Little Green Cars 'Absolute Zero'
  • Vince Gill & Paul Franklin 'Bakersfield'
  • Pokey LaFarge 'Pokey LaFarge'
  • Nomad Planets 'You're Never Lost Until You Panic'
  • Josh Halverson 'One Shot'
  • John Doe and the Sadies 'Country Club'
  • Dawes 'Stories Don't End' - NEW MUSIC REVIEW
  • Old Man Markley 'Down Side Up'
  • The Black Lillies 'Runaway Freeway Blues'
  • Johnny Cash
  • Whiskeytown 'Strangers Almanac'
  • Shelby Lynne 'I Am Shelby Lynne'
  • Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale 'Buddy and Jim'
  • Eric Lambert on the Move After The Henhouse Prowlers
  • Bobby Charles 'Bobby Charles'
  • Dave Alvin
  • Lyle Lovett 'Pontiac'
  • Rank and File 'Sundown'
  • Heartsfield
  • Mudcrutch "Mudcrutch"
  • Hal Ketchum
  • John Fullbright
  • Foster and Lloyd
  • Beachwood Sparks
  • Jerry Douglas
  • The Mountain Goats
  • Elizabeth Cook and Jason Ibell Perform Internet Only Songs on Letterman .. We have them!
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • 2012 Americana Music Association Award Nominees Announced
  • The Blasters
  • Pat Green
  • Cory Branan
  • The Waco Brothers and Paul Burch
  • Jenny Lewis With the Watson Twins
  • Justin Townes Earle
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks
  • The Spanic Boys
  • Levon Helm
  • The Subdudes
  • The Felice Brothers
  • Mountain Stage Upcoming Broadcast Schedule
  • Willis Alan Ramsey
  • Mason Proffit
  •  The Bottle Rockets
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • The Notorious Cherry Bombs
  • Lydia Loveless,
  • Sonny Landreth
  • The Low Anthem
  • Robert Ellis
  • Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  • Corky Siegel
  • Documentary:
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  • The Gram Parsons Foundation Announces the Launch of the First Online Destination for
  • The Jayhawks..
  • Sea Level
  • EmmyLou Harris and Rodney Crowell Duets Album Planned (Recording Begins Nov. 14th)
  • The Band
  • James McMurtry - Too Long in the Wasteland
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  • Chris Hillman
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  • John Hiatt
  • Freebo
  • America
  • Carlene Carter
  • John Mellencamp
  • John Hiatt
  • David Bromberg readies New Album with Help from Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Linda Ronstadt and others.
  • Fire Town
  •  Crosby & Nash
  • American Music Club
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • John Fogerty 'The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again
  • Band of Horses
  • EmmyLou Harris
  • Chris Isaak
  • BoDeans
  • Nanci Griffith
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • The Jayhawks



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