At age 68, John Fogerty has certainly earned the right to do whatever he pleases when it comes to new music.
On Wrote A Song For Everyone, Fogerty teams up with an all-star cast of singers and bands to rework some of his greatest songs from the Creedence Clearwater Revival era and also pens two new tracks “Mystic Highway” and “Train of Fools”.
The track listing is impressive as you might expect. Of the 14 songs there are 11 CCR staples including FM radio juggernauts “Fortunate Son”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Proud Mary”, “Who’ll Stop The Rain” and “Born on the Bayou”.
Fogerty takes one of his solo recordings “Hot Rod Heart” and teams up with Brad Paisley for a blistering new version.
Rolling Stone and other publications are raving about the album, giving it five stars–probably because its clear that Fogerty wasn’t trying to take the easy way out and make this just a greatest hits album with new voices helping him sing along. Instead, he plays into the style of the artist who helps him on the track.
The result is a more countrified sounding album since the majority of the artists are of the country genre. Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band in particular make Fogerty’s classics sound alot more twangy, if you will, but also modern.
Those who appreciate the original CCR (inducted into the Rock Hall in 1993 in their first year of eligibility) sound and classic rock will likely revel in the tracks performed with Bob Seger, Kid Rock and The Foo Fighters. “Fortunate Son” has never sounded heavier with Dave Grohl screaming the lyrics and the band adding an instrumental middle to the song.
Seger’s vocal, in particular, is most striking on “Who’ll Stop The Rain” as if the song were written for him, complete with Seger’s signature piano playing style added for good measure.
Fogerty shares “Lodi” with his sons Shane and Tyler and saves the album’s ending “Proud Mary” for Jennifer Hudson and Allen Toussaint & The Rebirth Brass Band.
Other guests on the album include My Morning Jacket, Dawes and Tom Morello. Dawes, an up and coming indie band, provides a beautiful straight-forward version of “Someday Never Comes” with Fogerty. Arguably, its the best track.
Check out the video of the live performance on Late Night With David Letterman on the left hand side of this article.
Overall, Wrote A Song For Everyone just solidifies what we already knew.
John Fogerty is an American Classic.