On Friday night, Mudcrutch performed at NYC's Webster Hall for the first of two sold out nights as part of their first ever East Coast tour. For those who aren't familiar with the band, the short story is that in the early '70s Mudcrutch were the original version of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers before the band moved from Gainesville, Florida to Los Angeles, California.
For fans of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, this tour is a rare opportunity to catch the core members of the band in intimate medium-sized venues. The band members for this 2016 tour include Tom Petty (bass / vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar / vocals), Tom Leadon (guitar / vocals), Benmont Tench (keyboards / vocals), Herb Pedersen (guitar), and Randall Marsh (drums / vocals).
Over the course of the night, the band focused on material from their recently released album, 2, as well as songs from their 2008 self-titled debut album. Mudcrutch also treated fans to covers of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere." A highlight of the evening was when the band were joined by Roger McGuinn of the Byrds for his songs "Lover of the Bayou" and "Bugler."
Spirits ran high and positive energy radiated throughout the crowd as the song selection was a healthy mix of southern rock jams laced with gentle ballads. Petty was front and center for a majority of the night in his usual role as lead vocalist, but the bass was his main instrument instead of his familiar guitar. The 65-year-old musician, who was recently inducted into the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame, sounded great as his endearing vocals were backed beautifully by the tight-knit band behind him.
Mudcrutch are currently on tour until the end of the month. For the latest music, news, and tour dates from Mudcrutch, check out their Zumic artist page. More photos from the night can be found below.