Before there was Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, there was Mudcrutch. A band that lasted for about 5 years. With only one single released, the band was broken up by outside forces. Fast forward to the 2000’s, Mudcrutch gained new life and released a self titled full length in 2008. Everyone thought this was a one time thing, but now in 2016 Mudcrutch released their second album 2 with a headlining tour again bringing new life into the band. For New York, Mudcrutch performed two sold out nights at Webster Hall.
Opening the show was up and coming rock band The Shelters. June 10 was a special night for the band because their Tom Petty produced debut full length, Rebel Heart, was released. This California band rocked New York and could easily have headlined the show. With a full house already, The Shelters had about 1,500 people captivated in their performance. With smooth vocals and amazing guitar solos, I hope to hear more from The Shelters this year and in 2017.
Mudcrutch’s latest album was released in May and received raved reviews. Their live performance isn’t any different. For the first night at Webster Hall, Mudcrutch performed 21 songs from both albums with a few covers. Personal favorites to hear were “Hope” and “Beautiful World”. Mucrutch did their renditions of two Bob Dylan songs and two Byrds covers with Roger McGuinn lending a hand towards the end of their set. It is unsure what the remainder of the year holds for Mudcrutch, but if you missed this tour seeing this band play a long set like this, well, just hope you don’t have to wait another 8 years.