‘House of Stone’ is a deep cut from the self-titled 2008 debut album by Mudcrutch, a band Petty formed in 1970 as a teenager. They played live gigs in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida, up through southern Georgia, but disbanded a few years later without recording an album. Petty and some Mudcrutch members went on to form the Heartbreakers and the rest is history.
No matter what Petty song it serves up, I’m never tempted to hit the skip button. There’s just something about his music — or at least the music of his that I own — that makes it perfect for any situation.
I love Tom Petty, and I love how he reunited with his early band Mudcrutch to release an album in 2008. But nothing can excuse a song like this one lasting nine minutes, especially given that there are about 12 words in the whole song.
I am a vehemently anti-jam band man (say that five times fast). You can take your Phish, your Dead, your Dave Matthews Band and put them on mute. I have no interest in swaying for five minutes while a bearded man noodles away on his electric guitar.
Amid all this talk of “fusion,” here’s an album that goes entirely in the other direction. Mudcrutch was Tom Petty’s band before he formed the Heartbreakers and hit it big. They put out a couple albums that are pretty much lost now, and this self-titled album serves as their 38-year reunion. It’s a cool concept, though not quite as cool as it could be, considering 4/5 of Mudcrutch went on to join the Heartbreakers anyway. So basically, this album is a chance for one old friend to play with the band again.