John Fogerty Brings Back the Blue Ridge Rangers

John Fogerty has announced that post-production has been completed on his first Blue Ridge Rangers album since 1973.

The Blue Ridge Rangers Again is set for a late-summer/early-fall release and, like the original album, brings twelve tracks based squarely in the country and roots music traditions. Included are songs by the likes of John Prine, Rick Nelson, Delaney Bramlett, Buck Owens and Phil Everly.

The original Blue Ridge Rangers album (pictured right) was Fogerty's first release after the breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival and, while he did everything on the album (all instruments, backing vocals and production), he made it look in every way like it was a group effort. The fact that he really didn't use his name or likeness on the album (his name has since been added to the cover design) didn't stop the general public from knowing that Fogerty sound, with the album going to number 11 on the country and 47 on the pop charts. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) performed well, too, going to 16 on the pop charts, while Hearts of Stone peaked at 37.

For the new album, Fogerty has dispensed with the solo act and is joined by Buddy Miller, Kenny Aronoff, Greg Leisz, Jay Bellerose, Jason Mowery, Herb Pedersen, Jodie Kennedy, Oren Waters, Chris Chaney, Dennis Crouch, and Hunter Perrin. Special guests include Bruce Springsteen (When Will I Be Loved) and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles (Garden Party).

Fogerty commented on the lineup, "I'd long thought I'd do another Blue Ridge Rangers album and not make the mistake of playing all the instruments. These are fantastic players who really understand what the Blue Ridge Rangers vibe is about."

As far as the Springsteen duet, "That was Julie's [Fogerty's wife] idea. I'd hoped we be able to work together some day; I'm a fan of his and he's a fan of mine and we're friends."

The track list for The Blue Ridge Rangers Ride Again:
  • Paradise
  • Never Ending Song of Love
  • Garden Party
  • I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)
  • Back Home Again
  • I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
  • Change in the Weather
  • Moody River
  • Heaven's Just a Sin Away
  • Fallin', Fallin', Fallin'
  • Haunted House
  • When Will I Be Loved

1 comment

Anonymous said...

Love John Fogerty, Grew up in a diaper listening to the original BBR album. Kudos to John 6/22/09

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