John Fogerty "Wrote A Song For Everyone"
John Fogerty revisits old songs adding new twists and star guest performers.
Some rockers rest on their laurels. They take to the road with a list of golden nuggets, performing them in mellower tones and slower tempos. Not so with John Fogerty. True, he is performing his old material, songs that for years he wouldn’t perform because of ownership issues with his former record label. Fogerty embraces these songs with new vitality and rocks as hard, if not harder, on many of them. Inspiration comes, in part,from a new crop of young Fogerty loyalists.
The diverse group of guest performers suggests the influence Fogerty’s has on music, and not just on the rock genre. Represented are major stars of country, alternative rock, folk rock, and soul. Wrote A Song For Everyone kicks off with “Fortunate Son” an anti-war song written during the Vietnam era. Fogerty wasn’t just a musician on a soap box when he wrote the song – he had served a tour of duty in 1967. He teams up with The Foo Fighters, a band that beat him out for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album of 2008. No hard feelings here, just a harder rocking version of the original. Kid Rock brings a less swampy, more straight ahead rock feel to “Born On the Bayou.” Bob Seeger brings his distinctive piano lined rock on “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”
Country artists Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and The Zac Brown Band offer an unusual array of choices for the songs they perform. Urban chose the obsure “Almost Saturday Night” a song written just after Fogerty left Creedence Clearwater Revival. Paisley choice is the rockabilly ditty “Hot Rod Heart.” Jackson sticks with a classic, opting for “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” Zac Brown Band brings a new twist to “Bad Moon Rising” turning it into a happy square dance. As the only woman on the album Miranda Lambert takes the unusual move of teaming up with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine as well as Fogerty. The take on the cover track is fairly conventional until Morello’s guitar kicks in midway.
Fogerty and his sons, Tyler and Shane, rework “Lodi” jettisoning the sadness for rock attitude. Dawes digs up another obscure gem in choosing the mellow “Someday Never Comes.” My Morning Jacket adds its ethereal ether to “Long As I Can See the Light.” The most original take on the album is “Proud Mary” which features Jennifer Hudson, Allen Toussaint, and The Rebirth Brass Band. It takes on a New Orleans feel that works perfect with the spirit of the song. At the center of all this music is Mr. Fogerty, his voice as strong as ever, his genius apparent. I hope he enjoys singing his old songs as much as we’ll enjoy listening.
Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Host)