Eight years ago, Tom Petty reunited his pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch for an album and brief tour. Now, with the Heartbreakers on pause, Petty is bringing the members of Mudcrutch together once more. Work is underway on a new album, and today, the band confirmed its first live performance since 2008.
Mudcrutch, which also counts Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh, and Benmont Tench as members, will appear at this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival. The annual jam band festival takes place May 27th – 29th in Chillicothe, Illinois. Other confirmed acts include moe., Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, The Roots, Thievery Corporation, Ani DiFranco, George Clinton & P-Funk, and Big Grizmatik, a collaboration featuring members of Big Gigantic, GRiZ, and Gramatik.
It’s likely this is the first of several shows Mudcrutch will play this summer. In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Petty explained, “Last time we were kinda under the gun because there was a big Heartbreakers tour coming up not long after that, so we didn’t have a lot of time. We kind of just ran up and down the West Coast real fast and did a fairly long stand at the Troubadour.” This time, Petty intends to play gigs along the East Coast, too.
Below, watch footage from Mudcrutch’s 2008 reunion gigs.