The epic return of Mudcrutch came in April 2008. The Tennessean newspaper publicly and unofficially announced a new album by Mudcrutch with the following article:
Nashville's Leadon reunites with Petty on album and film
By BEVERLY KEEL
Nashville musician Tom Leadon recently reunited with his former bandmate and childhood friend Tom Petty.
The Toms were in a Gainesville, Fla., band called Mudcrutch - a precursor to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - with Mike Campbell and Randall Marsh. (The Toms were actually in an earlier band called the Epics.)
In August, Petty got Mudcrutch back together.
"It was just entirely unexpected," Tom Leadon says. "It was like a dream, the whole thing. Tom couldn't have been nicer. It was great to hang out with him again."
Our Tom, who teaches guitar at Jan Williams School of Music and Theater in Brentwood, stayed with Petty in Malibu, Calif., while Mudcrutch recorded with keyboardist Benmont Tench.
They recorded 18 old and new songs for an album that will be released in early 2008.
"We would play and then we would just talk about the old days," says Tom, who left the band in 1972, two years before Petty moved to L.A. to pursue his dreams. "We were all best friends.
"We hope to have enough interest in Mudcrutch that we are able to do to it again," he says.
Next month, Tom Leadon (the brother of former Eagles member Bernie Leadon) can also be seen in the Petty documentary Runnin' Down a Dream, which was directed by Peter Bogdanovich.