Extended Play Live Vinyl EP with CD. In August 2007, the original members of Mudcrutch reunited and recorded an album for release in 2008. "We would play and then we would just talk about the old days," says Tom Leadon, who left the band in 1972. Mudcrutch was a rock band from Gainesville, Florida best known for being the forerunner of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Tom Petty's first band, The Sundowners changed their name to The Epics, and around 1970, The Epics became Mudcrutch.