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John Fogerty’s first solo album was a collection of covers where Fogerty played all the instruments under the pseudonym “The Blue Ridge Rangers.” Just over 35 years later, Fogerty puts together his second collection of covers (and his own “Change In the Weather”) and the Rangers Ride Again, this time with an all-star backing cast including Kenny Aronoff, Greg Leisz and Jay Bellerose. The years have only subtly mellowed Fogerty. He’s less strident, more relaxed. Whether he’s duetting with Bruce Springsteen on the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved,” or putting his own stamp on Ricky Nelson’s “Garden Party,” or finding the emotive tug of John Denver’s “Back Home Again,” Fogerty sounds like a man enjoying himself in the studio, regardless of his commercial fate. Gene Simmons’ rockabilly classic “Haunted House,” Buck Owens’ Bakersfield country anthem “I Don’t Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)” and Delaney and Bonnie’s “Never Ending Song of Love” sound completely contemporary and emotionally relevant. At 64, Fogerty isn’t riding into the sunset but finding his inspirations wherever they might be. 

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John Fogerty re-revisits his musical roots

When John Fogerty cut the original Blue Ridge Rangers LP in 1973, it stood firmly as a work separated from his run with Creedence Clearwater Revival. A year from the band’s breakup, Fogerty immersed himself in musical roots with an album of covers, mostly country and gospel, played and sung entirely on his own. Even the album’s cover echoed the solo theme, with Fogerty silhouetted as each of the fictional group’s five members. Try as he might to distance himself from Creedence, however, his unmistakable voice and a track list of country songs upon which many of his own songs were built, couldn’t help but point to his previous work. Thirty-six years later Fogerty has brought elements of the Blue Ridge Rangers’ ethos back to the studio. Unlike the Rangers’ first effort, this is more capstone and reminiscence than a place to gather oneself between career phases. More importantly, rather than layering his own instrumental and vocal performances in the studio, Fogerty’s put together an actual Blue Ridge Rangers with the talents of guitarist Buddy Miller, steel/mandolin/dobro player Greg Leisz, drummer Kenny Aranoff and many others. He’s also chosen to share the microphone with Eagles Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit on Rick Nelson’s “Garden Party,” and Bruce Springsteen on the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved.” The song list remains an all-covers affair, including an earthy take of Fogerty’s own “Change in the Weather” that drops the unfortunate mid-80s production of Eye of the Zombie’s original. There are classic country tunes from Ray Price, Buck Owens and the Kendalls, but Fogerty also reaches to fellow singer-songwriters John Prine, Rick Nelson and John Denver, and favorites from Delaney & Bonnie, Pat Boone and the 1964 Jumpin’ Gene Simmons R&B novelty, “Haunted House.” Highlights include Prine’s environmentalist lyric of a bucolic childhood literally trucked away by a coal company and a take of Denver’s “Back Home Again” that’s adds a bit of Neil Young-like reediness to the original. Fogerty sounds relaxed and at home surrounded by fiddle and steel and riding a Ray Price shuffle beat, and the husk of his voice adds an element of solemn pain and earthen soul to Pat Boone’s melodramatic death ballad, “Moody River.” The album closes with an overcooked Cajun-rock arrangement of “When Will I Be Loved” that has Fogerty and Springsteen reprising Phil and Don Everly. Though it’s more of a lark than an artistic summit, it’s great to hear two modern icons wailing away at their shared roots. That really sums up Fogerty’s decision to bring the Blue Ridge Rangers back to life, as it’s an opportunity for a great artist to revel in his equally great influences. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]


John doing these amazing songs is perfect! It's also amazing to hear John, The Boss and Don Henley all on one album!

Ah, the memories!

Excellent album. A salute to old songs which is always a good sign. Most younger musicians are very hip to the old influences. It's good that an "old" guy remembers his roots to. Very fine, Mr. Fogerty.


Born: May 28, 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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