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Mike Campbell was born in Panama City, Florida. He grew up there and in Jacksonville, Florida, where he graduated from High School in 1968. At 16, he bought his first guitar, a cheap Harmony model, from a pawnshop. His first electric guitar was a $60 Guyatone. Like Tom Petty, Campbell drew his strongest influences from The Byrds and Bob Dylan, with additional inspiration coming from guitarists such as Scotty Moore, Luther Perkins, George Harrison, Carl Wilson, Jerry Garcia, Roger McGuinn, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor, and Neil Young. The first song he learned to play was “Baby Let Me Follow You Down,” a song which appeared on Dylan’s eponymous debut album.

Mudcrutch moved to L.A. and signed a record deal with Shelter Records, recording an album in 1974 that ended up being shelved. Campbell then joined Petty to start up the original Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1975 along with Benmont Tench (keyboards), Ron Blair (bass guitar) and Stan Lynch (drums).

He formed a band named Dead or Alive which quickly disbanded. Campbell first met Tom Petty through Mudcrutch drummer Randall Marsh when they were auditioning him and he suggested his friend Mike to play rhythm guitar.

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Like the other players in the Heartbreakers, Campbell avoids the virtuoso approach to playing, preferring to have his work serve the needs of each song. Guitar World magazine noted “there are only a handful of guitarists who can claim to have never wasted a note. Mike Campbell is certainly one of them”. He is a highly melodic player, often using two or three-strings-at-a-time leads instead of the more conventional one-at-a-time approach. “People have told me that my playing sounds like bagpipes,” he muses. “I’m not exactly sure what that means.” His estimation of his own style is typically modest: “I don’t think people can really top Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton as far as lead guitar goes. I like my playing to bring out the songs.” Like Tench, he is heavily involved in constructing the arrangements for the Heartbreakers’ tunes. And also like Tench, he prefers rawness to polish in the studio and onstage.

Directed by Justin Kreutzmann, this 15 chapter web documentary features Mike Campbell taking us on a tour of his guitar collection and explaining the stories and significance behind the instruments as they relate to his own personal journey and the music of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

0:01 “Chapter 1: Introduction – Treasured Gifts That Keep Giving” 7:50 “Chapter 2: A Sound Is Born On The 1964 Fender Stratocaster” 13:32 “Chapter 3: The Irreplaceable Fender Broadcaster Part 1” 18:46 “Chapter 4: The Irreplaceable Fender Broadcaster Part 2” 23:47 “Chapter 5: Thicker and Dirtier – The Gibson Goldtop” 29:18 “Chapter 6: Chimes of Freedom The Rickenbacker Sound – Part 1” 34:40 “Chapter 7: Chimes of Freedom The Rickenbacker Sound – Part 2” 40:14 “Chapter 8: In Between Bright and Heavy That Gretsch Tone” 46:33 “Chapter 9: A Whole Studio On Your Guitar Vox” 51:03 “Chapter 10: Biting Clear and Loud The Gibson Les Paul Jr. and SG” 57:23 “Chapter 11: Begging To Be Played The 1959 Gibson Les Paul” 1:04:37 “Chapter 12: The Surf Sound of The Fender Jaguar/The Mike Campbell Duesenbeg and the Super Bowl” 1:10:32 “Chapter 13: Handle With Care: (Another) Invaluable 1964 Fender Stratocaster” 1:16:39 “Chapter 14: The Homestead and Studio” 1:23:37 “Chapter 15: Assorted Specialties and Conclusion”

Mike Campbell’s drool-inducing lineup of vintage guitars and amps he brings on the road. Campbell’s guitar tech, Steve Winstead, walks us through every guitar, amp, and pedal and lets us in on Campbell’s time-tested formula for great tone.

One side of Campbell’s guitar arsenal covers all the bases. From the left side we have “Little Ricky,” which is a Rickenbacker-style mandolin with a whammy bar. Next is a recent Fender Custom Shop Tele with a B-Bender used as a backup, then a pair of Rickenbacker 12-strings—the one on the right is used on “Free Fallin’.” A pair of ‘50s Teles follows those as well as a Gretsch 6186 Clipper tuned to open-G for “I Won’t Back Down.” Finally, there’s a mid-’60s Gibson SG that Campbell’s been favoring for this tour after recently digging it out of storage.

The basic formula for Campbell’s amp rig is to crank up some low-watt amps and let the PA do all the heavy lifting. The bulk of his sound comes from a 1963 Fender Princeton and a 1954 Fender tweed Deluxe. He augments that with a custom Fender Excelsior and a Fender Vibrotane for Leslie-type effects.

Campbell relies on a rare Dunlop Camel Toe for his distortion, a Line 6 DL-4, the Green Meanie switch (which brings his Fender Excelsior amp in and out), a DigiTech Whammy II, Line 6 MM-4, a custom switch for his 1962 reissue Fender reverb tank, a Boss RC-30, and a Boss TU-2 tuner.

Rest In Peace Tom Petty: 1950 – 2017


Most Tom Petty fans thought they would never see one Mudcrutch album, let alone two. Tom Petty has reconvened his early band MudcrutchPetty, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh – for a second set of rootsy country-rockers.  The album includes seven originals written by Tom Petty, with his bandmates each composing one track.

To catch everyone up on Heartbreakers’ trivia, the backstory goes that in 1974, a scraggly Florida outfit with the unwieldy name of Mudcrutch —bassist/singer/songwriter Petty along with keyboardist Benmont Tench, Tom Leadon and Mike Campbell on guitars and drummer Randall Marsh — headed to L.A. to find fame and fortune. They recorded a few tunes and soon disbanded. But since Petty was signed to the Shelter label, he kept Tench and Campbell added new members and the Heartbreakers was born.

In 2008, Petty unexpectedly revived the name, brought back Leadon and Marsh from obscurity and released what became Mudcrutch’s belated debut. That disc’s loose-limbed yet winning mix of covers and originals was a little looser and more rootsy than Petty’s typical fare and even though he was clearly the frontman, Tench and Leaden took a few lead vocals.

Eight years and two Heartbreakers albums later, Petty gives the venture another go-round, now booking a tour to support it. This one ups the energy a few notches, especially on the pounding garage pulsing “Hope” which, with its cheesy Farfisa organ sounds like a pretty good Standells B-side. Tench takes another vocal turn on the dryly humorous boogie-woogie “Welcome to Hell” and guitarist Campbell gets a rare chance to sing on his lone writing contribution, the chugging “Victim of Circumstance,” finding ground somewhere between Petty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Even drummer Marsh takes a frontman status on his perfectly acceptable “Beautiful World,” proving himself both a respectable singer and capable of churning out at least one solid pop-rocker.

Not surprisingly Petty contributes the bulk of the material — this disc is all originals — with seven new tunes (out of 11), all of them up to the high standards he has set for himself throughout his stellar 40-and-counting year career. Even Tom Petty experts would have trouble telling the first three tracks aren’t new Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tunes since they ride that well established sweet spot between chiming Byrds-influenced rocking and impossible to resist choruses. That’s particularly true of “Dreams of Flying,” a mid-tempo nugget every bit as good as his best work.

The closing six minute “Hungry No More” is this album’s epic answer to the debut’s sprawling 9 minute “Crystal River,” giving Campbell and Leadon room to weave their guitars around a strummy, emotionally laced Petty ballad that incorporates a bit of a psychedelic vibe, not something you’d likely hear in a set from his full time ensemble.

As usual, Petty makes it seem easy. And with help from his fellow Mudcrutchers, the unassumingly titled 2 is proof that even Tom Petty’s modest side projects are better and more compelling than many acts at their best.


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After resurrecting his old band, Mudcrutch, a couple of years back, Tom Petty has set a course to make them a viable side act for his own work with the Heartbreakers.

Along with the recent release of their second album Mudcrutch 2, Petty has brought in actor/director Sean Penn along with Samuel Bayer to helm the video for the track I Forgive It All and, to add icing to the cake, award winning actor Anthony Hopkins to star in the piece.

The track appears on the band’s second album, Mudcrutch 2.

The band – who consist of Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh – formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1970. They broke up in 1975. Petty reformed the band in 2007, and they finally released their self-titled debut the following year.

Official Music Video for “I Forgive It All” From Mudcrutch
Directed by Sean Penn & Samuel Bayer
Starring Anthony Hopkins

“I Forgive It All” – Written By Tom Petty

Tom Petty changed the lyrics to the Dylan classic “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando last weekend. You can see it at about the four-minute mark in the fan-filmed clip above.

Petty, performing with his revived pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch, played a version of Dylan’s 1973 song midway through his set last night at the House of Blues in Boston. In the third verse, he notably altered Dylan’s original line of “Ma’, take my guns and put them in the ground.” In the new version, Petty replaced “guns” with “automatic weapons,” a clear reference to the tragic events that unfolded at a gay nightclub in Petty’s home state of Florida.

At least 49 people were killed in the killing rampage, with many others still clinging to life. The incident has sparked a wave of responses from musicians everywhere.

Tom Petty has often a place for the song “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” in his concert sets, including recent Mudcrutch stops at New York’s Webster Hall and Philadelphia’s Fillmore – though there have not been reports of any lyrical updates at those shows. Mudcrutch, whose members also include Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench .

Petty and his Heartbreakers memorably toured with Bob Dylan in 1986 as Dylan backing band , just before they co-founded the Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

Mudcrutch“Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” (Dylan Cover) Live in Boston 15th June 2016 With Orlando Shooting Lyrics, Tom Petty Changes The 3rd Verse In Tribute To The Victims Of The Orlando Nightclub Shooting. at the Boston House Of Blues.


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If you are a Tom Petty fan you will know that his 1994 album Wildflowers is among his greatest works. Spawning hits like “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “You Wreck Me and “It’s Good To Be King” . Wildflowers began Tom Petty’s fruitful relationship with producer Rick Rubin, who would also go on to helm the Heartbreakers’ soundtrack to “She’s the One” and their underrated 1999 album Echo.

In exciting news for fans of that particular era, Petty is readying the release of Wildflowers – All The Rest, a new collection of songs written between 1992-94 but left off the original album. Tom Petty shared the first of those songs the gliding, gorgeous “Somewhere Under Heaven.”

The new song was co-written by Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell and it certainly hearkens back to the golden era of Petty’s sound. It speaks to his genius that a song as amazing as “Somewhere Under Heaven” could be abandoned and completely forgotten, but apparently that’s exactly what happened. Speaking to Rolling Stone last year, Petty said “I did not remember writing it, recording it, anything,” adding that when the song was rediscovered, he found it to be “really good – uptempo but very unusual, in some strange time signature.”

While there’s still no release date for Wildflowers – All The Rest (which Rolling Stone says will include 10 unreleased songs), “Somewhere Under Heaven” will appear over the closing credits of the new “Entourage” movie opening today.

Tom Petty and his early, pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch have a new album “Mudcrutch 2″ now available. The band — which features Petty on bass and is comprised of Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, along with rhythm guitarist Tom Leadon and drummer Randall Marsh — released their self-titled debut in 2008 nearly 40 years after originally forming in Gainesville, Florida.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS  –  Tribute to Pet Sounds

Austin, Texas – Brian Wilson was to perform the full album Pet Sounds at the Levitation music festival to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary. In honour of this event festival curators The Reverberation Appreciation Society commissioned Al Lover to curate and produce a tribute to Brian Wilson’s career keystone.

Features artists such as Black Angels, Shannon & The Clams, Holy Wave, Cosmonauts and The Shivas.

‘Pet Sounds’ is a fountainhead from which the 15 artists on the album have all drank from as they developed their own musical roots, giving the tribute a rich and flavoursome sound. The tracklisting consists of the original thirteen songs that appeared on the ‘Pet Sounds’ album, with two bonus songs: ‘Good Vibrations’ and ‘Hang On To Your Ego’.

Holy Wave’s interpretation of ‘That’s Not Me’ is a sunbaked, organ filled hymn that is a minute longer than the original song. picking up where Brian Wilson left off in 1966. ‘That’s Not Me’ is a kaleidoscope of ear-pleasing notes that take the listener into an elevated listening experience of astonishing detail.

Shannon & The Clams capture Brian Wilson’s feelings of alienation in ‘I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’, taking the climactic Beach Boys song and transform it into a garage rock epic with a surf rock spine. This track transcends time with both its subject matter and its deliverance.

The album opens with The Black Angels‘ rendition of Brian Wilson’s masterpiece ‘Good Vibrations’, which was started during the Pet Sounds sessions but not released on the album.

Good Vibrations – The Black Angels
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Indian Jewelry
You Still Believe In Me – The She’s
That’s Not Me – Holy Wave
Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) – Morgan Delt
I’m Waiting For The Day – The Shivas
Let’s Go Away For A While – Boogarins
Sloop John B – Night Beats
God Only Knows – Chris Catalena
I Know There’s An Answer – Christian Bland & The Revelators
Here Today – Cool Ghouls
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times – Shannon & The Clams
Pet Sounds – Burnt Ones
Caroline, No – Cosmonauts
Hang On To Your Ego – The UFO Club

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Catfish & the Bottlemen  –   The Ride

Catfish & the Bottlemen’s second album The Ride, mostly produced in LA by Dave Sardy is a collection of bold and riffing pop songs that verge on the anthemic.

“I feel like the last album was the support band, or even the soundcheck and this one’s the headliner,” says charismatic frontman Van McCann.

Glistening pop-rock anthems a plenty on this newest release from Wales’ Catfish and The Bottlemen. Driving and heartfelt odes to love and loss underpinned by shimmering production and emotive instrumental performances, impeccable vocal harmonies float atop the main vocal lines before the distortion kicks in, and breaks it all down into pulsing, grooving rock territory. Everything you’d come to expect, and more.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium  –  Monolith of Phobos

Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After Primus and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger completed a successful summer tour, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their efforts thus far have spawned the upcoming full-length release Monolith of Phobos.


Mudcrutch release their second album entitled ‘2’ via Reprise Records. The album is the follow up to the band’s 2008 eponymous debut which Rolling Stone called “a country-rock instant classic” in a rave four star review. Mudcrutch was initially formed in 1970 in Gainesville, Florida and is the precursor to the legendary Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Tom Petty (bass / vocals), Tom Leadon (guitar / vocals), Benmont Tench (keyboards / vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar / vocals), and Randall Marsh (drums / vocals) make up the band’s current line-up. In 1974, Mudcrutch was signed to Shelter Records and moved to Los Angeles where they released one single, ‘Depot Street,’ to very little fanfare. The band broke up in 1975 and could have settled for being a legend, but instead Mudcrutch rose from the ashes in 2008 to remind us that the golden age of rock and roll bands still had a few treasures to unearth. Their debut, made some thirty-three years later, was an unexpected hit. All members of Mudcrutch contribute songs on their new album ‘2.’ The album includes seven originals written by Tom Petty, with band members Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh and Benmont Tench composing one each.
LP – 180 Gram vinyl in Gatefold Sleeve with limited edition art print.



If you dig the Black Angels, and all things desert psyche check out The Myrrors new album. There’s a confounding nature to the comfort constructed by The Myrrors throughout the flawless forty minutes of ‘Entranced Earth’, the third full length album from the transcendentallytuned, Tuscon-tied desert die-hards. So subtle is the albumopening invocation of ‘Mountain Mourning’ that it threatens to never descend from its skybound view, leaving the track that follows, ‘Liberty Is In the Street’, to offer the album’s first, fading glimpse of solid ground. ‘On your feet or on your knees’ goes the mantra-like vocal drone, though the effect is likely to bring to mind the Moody Blues more than Blue Öyster Cult (at least, the path of The Myrrors seems to include traces of the footprints left by the onetime Harvard professor given an early eulogy by the Blues on ‘Legend of a Mind’).


Radio broadcast from late period Creedence – all the hits done really well.