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Album Review

John Fogerty released his first solo CD, an album of covers on which he played all the instruments, under the name the "Blue Ridge Rangers," and he revives that concept on 2009's The Blue Ridge Rangers Ride Again. Where the first smacked of the righteous zeal of a young purist, Ride Again is a lot looser in its attack, something reflected in how it splits the difference between country and rockabilly classics and reflective numbers from '70s songwriters. These unexpected covers of John Prine, Delaney & Bonnie, and John Denver offer a peek at a sweeter, gentler Fogerty, a Fogerty who can also be heard on how he lays back instead of pushing ahead on Buck Owens' "I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me)" and Ray Price's "I'll Be There," and even on his revamp of his own neglected swamp rocker "Change in the Weather." He can still raise an unholy ruckus, wailing his way through Gene Simmons' rockabilly classic "Haunted House" and joyously duetting with Bruce Springsteen on the Everlys' "When Will I Be Loved," but Ride Again isn't a raucous rock & roll album, it's a relaxed good time, a little bit of cheerful nostalgia that's pretty charming. [A CD/DVD version was also released.]

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Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again after 36 years

When John Fogerty disbanded Creedence in October 1972, he recorded an album of country and gospel standards under the title' Blue Ridge Rangers'. He played all the instruments on that one, and it became a minor classic over the years. Now, he's done it again, this time using the best musicians out there (Buddy Miller, Jason Mowry, Kenny Aronoff, Greg Leisz and lots more). The song selection is very personal to Fogerty and includes When Will I be loved (in a duet with Bruce Springsteen), Garden Party (with Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit, from the Eagles) along side tributes to Buck Owens, John Prine and lots more. For those used to the Fogerty growl, its mostly missing here because of the nature of the material, with most of the guitar work even being handled by Buddy Millar. The production is first class and the album flows along very nicely with some excellent showcases from the band. Rock and roll it isn't but its a timely reminder that even at 64, John Fogerty can turn his hand to almost anything and do a great job. He is getting huge exposure in the USA with this album and for those of you who haven't heard his solo albums, can I suggest you track down Blue Moon Swamp, a Grammy winner from 1997 and the more recent and really excellent 'Revival'


Born: 28 May 1945 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

John Cameron Fogerty achieved fame as the lead singer/songwriter and guitarist in Creedence Clearwater Revival and has since gone on to a chart-topping solo career. Born in Berkeley, California, Fogerty and his brother Tom organized the group that would become Creedence as the Golliwogs in the late '50s. As Creedence, they released nine Top Ten singles, all written by Fogerty, between 1969 and 1971, starting with the standard "Proud Mary." They also scored eight gold albums between 1968 and 1972,...
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