The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again
(Verve Forecast)


On an album of mostly cover versions, singer-songwriter John Fogerty does include one of his own original tracks, possibly the best song on the album, called “Change In The Weather.” The song rocks like it was written for his old band, Creedence Clearwater Revival 40 years back. In addition to that track, for the 2009 CD release of The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, Fogerty and his Rangers serves up a bunch of covers including some all time favorite country / rock classics such as Rick Nelson’s “Garden Party” (with harmony vocals by Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles), Pat Boone’s early chestnut “Moody River,” John Denver’s “Back Home Again” and a song written by Phil Everly and made famous by Linda Rondstadt back in the 1970’s called “When Will I Be Loved.” Fogerty joins forces with Bruce Springsteen on the track. Also appearing, adding arrangements here is Van Dyke Parks. More mature and refined in contrast to the late '60s / early '70s Creedence heyday, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again gives Fogerty the chance to revive some classic Americana on an album that tastefully displays his big influences and favorite songwriters. Among the players backing up Fogerty on The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again are Kenny Aronoff (drums), Greg Leisz (pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, mandolin), Jay Bellerose (drums), Hunter Perrin (guitar) and more. Commenting on working with John Fogerty on the new album, guitarist Hunter Perrin adds, ‘Playing with the Fogerty band is truly an inspiration. There is so much thought, care, and attention to detail going into every decision made. All of the band members are such fans of good song writing that they are more than willing to step back and let the song shine through above all else.’ /


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