's contribution to popular culture cannot be overstated; his songs have become part of rock's DNA, the very building blocks upon which much of American rock and roll has been built. As the album title tantalizingly suggests, Revival
represents a renewed musical spirit and heart from Fogerty that incorporates all the best elements of a career that has resonated deeply with generations of music fans and the thousands of artists that he has influenced.
"It just seemed like all the records I have made since Creedence Clearwater Revival
have all been sort of pushed off center," he says. "I felt like I was dancing around the outskirts of what is my true center. With this album, I really wanted to stay on the mark, right in the middle, right where rock 'n' roll is. I wanted this one to be easier, a lot more fun than some of the past records have been."
That renewed sense of joy shines through on the self-produced Revival. The wistful, infectious opening track "Don't You Wish It Was True" instantly puts a smile on the listener's face. "Gunslinger"'s cinematic western-theme evokes vintage-era Creedence, while on the deliciously swampy "Creedence Song," Fogerty correctly and humorously assesses "You can't go wrong/if you play a little bit of that Creedence song." His love of classic Sun Records-era rockabilly permeates "It Ain't Right," one of many tunes on the album that allows Fogerty, whom Rolling Stone named one of the greatest guitarists of all time, to show off his blistering guitar work. "The River is Waiting" is a gorgeous, hymn-like spiritual that features well-known vocal trio, The Waters on backup vocals. A trenchant observer of the world's troubles, Fogerty weighs in on the current administration with the rollicking, biting "Long Dark Night" and the 'mission critical' statement of "I Can't Take It No More" with its unmistakable admonition "…another fortunate son."
Revival Audio Streams:
"Don't You Wish It Was True"Quicktime
"Summer of Love"Quicktime
John Fogerty Fall Tour Dates
Fri 11/23 Los Angeles CA - Nokia theater
Sat 11/24 Phoenix AZ - Maricopa Events Center
Sun 11/25 Las Vegas NV - The Joint
Tue 11/27 Minneapolis MN - State theater
Wed 11/28 Chicago IL - Chicago theater
Fri 11/30 St. Louis MO - Scottrade Center - theater set-up
Sat 12/1 Indianapolis IN - Murat theater
Tue 12/4 Atlanta GA - Cobb Energy PAC
Wed 12/5 Nashville TN - Ryman Auditorium
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