John Fogerty'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. Recognized most as singer/guitarist and prominent songwriter for swamp rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty’s been an influence on modern music for decades.
In 1968, CCR released their first album offering extended, funkier re-imagined renditions of the '50s classics "I Put a Spell on You" and "Suzie Q." The latter song became their first big hit, but the band gained mass exposure with "Proud Mary," a number-two single that demonstrated John's composing talent. It was the start of a surge of classic hits over the next two years, including "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Down on the Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Up Around the Bend," and "Lookin' Out My Back Door."
CCR disbanded in 1974 and John went the solo route. As his newest 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 resounded deeply with generations of music fans and the thousands of artists that he has influenced.
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. The cinematic western theme of "Gunslinger” evokes vintage-era Creedence Clearwater Revival, 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 guitar work. "The River is Waiting" is a gorgeous, hymn-like song that features The Waters, a well-known vocal trio, 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."
Revival is Fogerty's first album of new material on Fantasy following a very public 30-year battle with the label over his catalog. The reconciliation led to the first complete retrospective of his career, The Long Road Home, which came out in late 2005. Fogerty calls seeing the Fantasy logo on his new record nothing short of "surreal."
Fogerty, also writer of such rock classics as "Centerfield," "Rockin' All Over the World," "Born on the Bayou," and "Fortunate Son," was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. His 1997 album, "Blue Moon Swamp," won the Grammy for best rock album. CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.