Before Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, there was Mudcrutch – a band that lasted from 1970-1975 and who reunited in 2007 to release a debut self-titled album and take it on a brief tour in ’08. Here we are six years later, and Mudcrutch’s plans are bigger than ever with their first national tour and the release of their second album, entitled 2.Sticking to the roots of southern rock, the band is currently made up of all original Mudcrutch members Tom Petty (bass/vocals), Tom Leadon (guitar/vocals), Randall Marsh (drums/vocals), as well as Benmont Tench (keyboards/vocals) and Mike Campbell (guitar/vocals), who both also played with Petty and The Heartbreakers.Mudcrutch’s follow-up album is due out May 20 through Reprise Records and can be pre-ordered here. With each pre-order comes a download of three exclusive tracks, including the single “Trailer,” ahead of the street release date. Following the official release, the band will bring their new music on a national tour with The Shelters as support. Concert tickets, which include a copy of the new album, go on-sale Friday, April 1 at 10AM local time and are available here.Check out this official music video for 2008’s “Lover of the Bayou”:2 Tracklist:TrailerDreams of FlyingBeautiful BlueBeautiful WorldI Forgive It AllThe Other Side Of The MountainHopeWelcome To HellSave Your WaterVictim of CircumstanceHungry No MoreMudcrutch 2016 Tour:MAY 26 OGDEN THEATRE – DENVER, CO MAY 29 SUMMER CAMP MUSIC FESTIVAL – CHILLICOTHE, IL MAY 31 RYMAN AUDITORIUM – NASHVILLE, TN JUN 02 TABERNACLE – ATLANTA, GA JUN 03 BUNBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL – CINCINNATI, OH JUN 06 9:30 CLUB – WASHINGTON, DC JUN 07 THE FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA – PHILADELPHIA, PA JUN 10 WEBSTER HALL – NEW YORK, NY JUN 11 WEBSTER HALL – NEW YORK, NY JUN 14 CAPITOL THEATRE – PORT CHESTER, NY JUN 15 HOUSE OF BLUES – BOSTON, MA JUN 19 FILLMORE – SAN FRANCISCO, CA JUN 20 FILLMORE – SAN FRANCISCO, CA JUN 25 THE FONDA THEATRE – LOS ANGELES, CA JUN 26 THE FONDA THEATRE – LOS ANGELES, CA JUN 28 THE OBSERVATORY – SANTA ANA, CA[H/T JamBase]
Del McCoury has been playing bluegrass music since before most of us were alive. The 77-year-old guitarist got his start with Bill Monroe over fifty years ago, but age most definitely hasn’t stopped him. Aside from a regular touring schedule, it seems that McCoury is an active humanitarian in the Cumberland, MD area.According to an article in the Cumberland Times-News, Del McCoury and his two sons, Robbie McCoury and Ronnie McCoury, have been volunteering at a “Blitz Build” in Cumberland, helping a family who recently lost their 10-year-old daughter to illness. The McCoury family was in town after performing at the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival in Baltimore last weekend.When interviewed by the local paper, Del McCoury kept things lighthearted and optimistic. “We came with no tools. I said, ‘How will we work with no tools?’” he quipped. “We are glad to do it.” Later, he commented, “I begged them for a hammer and they wouldn’t give me one… I’ve been using a screw gun. I guess they think that was safer.” The construction team doesn’t want McCoury to injure his hands, of course.It’s truly heartwarming to see a man so venerated for playing music take the time out to do good for his community. Well done, Del.
The Latest: Turkish volleyball league canceled The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday.The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled.___ Associated Press Spanish league president Javier Tebas hopes to restart the league on June 12.___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set.Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31.Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.” Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums.___The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic.The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career.Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday. Turkish Volleyball Federation president Mehmet Akif Ustundag says no team will be declared champion and no team will be relegated.He says “the men’s and women’s leagues have been registered as they stand.”Turkey suspended all league games on March 20 but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.___Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead teams in a tennis charity event during the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Turkish volleyball league has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pliskova’s team will include her twin sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincova and Nikola Bartunkova.Kvitova will be joined in her squad by Barbora Strycova, Katerina Siniakova, Barbora Krejcikova, Linda Fruhvirtova and Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova.Pliskova says “it’s a great opportunity for us to play a unique tournament.”The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague.___ May 11, 2020 Real Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training.Players were back in action at the team’s training center two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday.All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice.The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6