Apr 18, 2017

Linneman's Riverwest Inn Fight Nite!


It's a rematch of the March 2012, epic throw down between the fresh, young upstarts, Stereoactive and the grizzled old men of R. Mutt.  Punches were thrown, lines were crossed, blood was drawn.   We expect more of the same at this match.

Mar 27, 2017

And on the third day...


That's right.   We are back in Chicago and this time with a little more time for everyone to plan.   Sure it is Easter weekend, but what are you going do Saturday night anyway.    We will have more updates on start time and all, but until then, you can grab your presale tix and save a buck by visiting TicketFly HERE.  (or here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1456595)

Feb 20, 2017

Hideout. Chicago. Dexateens


We were lucky enough to get to play with Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires back in 2013.   We are thrilled to be playing with his old buddies the Dexateens this Friday at the Hideout.   Besides being fans of the band, we love the venue and have been looking forward to a chance to play here.

Doors are at 9:30.   10:00 R. Mutt, 11:00 Dexateens.

Come on out for some full volume rock and roll.

Hey man, is that Freedom Rock?


Quick update to everyone who has placed preorders. All digital orders should be filled with a link to where you can download the MP3, FLAC or WAV versions of the new record. CD's came in two weeks ago and we just finished shipping out all of the orders.

The LPs have been delayed a bit.   Right now we are waiting on the final test pressing for review and are hopeful we will be shipping in late March or early April.

Watch for updates on shows and additional merch coming soon, and in the mean time TURN IT UP!

Feb 10, 2017

Jamie on Drums

We really do have the good luck when it comes to drummers.  On the heels of mixing and mastering 2017's The Dash, Dave reached out to old pal Jamie Vanadia to see if he wanted to check out R. Mutt.    BAM!   Available and interested.   Vanadia played drums professionally for 10 years with Zen Lounge, Spirit Hour, and CopperMinds before starting his own sound business in Chicago.   Today Jamie concentrates on location recording, sound production, composition, film work and learning the R. Mutt back catalog.

Come on out to see him at our first shows in March and let him know how he is doing!

Jan 3, 2017

The Dash - Album Preview and Preorder

That is right kids, the record is wrapped up, mixed, mastered and off to manufacturing.   Barring any unforeseeable disasters at the Cleveland production plant, we should have LP and CD's in the mail to all preorders by mid March.   As promised we are going to be previewing songs, one or two a week, for the next two months leading up to our Shank Hall Gig with dada on March 1st.

"The Dash" is R. Mutt's 5th full length recording of original music.   The record marks the first studio appearance of both Dave Smolarek on guitar and Matt Schreier on drums, who are joined by the band's primary song writers and vocalists, Ron Thornton and Jim Dier.   The band enlisted the help of friends of the band Jamie Kane and Michael Stodola for some key lyrics.

This album presents a more aggressive and emotional sound than recent releases due in no small part to the creative direction and prodding of producer, Kevin Blackwell.  Kevin signed on to be producer/collaborator/den mother upon his move from Portland to Milwaukee.   Kevin also called in his good friend and mix engineer Chet Lyster (The Eels, The Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams)  to put an edge on the sound not present in our past recordings.

So, in the space above we will be sharing the playlist of the new record. We will add a song or two to the playlist every week.   Keep visiting to hear the whole album.   If you just cannot wait to have it all, we are taking LP and CD preorders as well as digital download orders right now, which will grant you an immediate download of the entire album in the format of your choosing.

We hope you all like this record as much as we do.  Give her a listen, let us know what you think and see you at Shank Hall on March 1st.

Dec 1, 2016

First review for new record just in

While his list of reviewing credits may not be long, his opinion is not taken lightly.   Our producer's son, Grady Blackwell just named the title track of our forthcoming record one of his favorite things.  We are proud to be mentioned in the same company as cake, purple and Star Wars Legos.
Grady Blackwell's Best of list for 2016