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John Fogerty - The Blue Ridge Rangers (1973)

John Fogerty - The Blue Ridge Rangers (1973)

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Side one

1. "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues"   2:29

2. "Somewhere Listening (For My Name)"   2:37

3. "You're the Reason"   3:12

4. "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"   3:15

5. "She Thinks I Still Care"   2:57

6. "California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)"   3:04

Side two

1. "Workin' on a Building"   4:34

2. "Please Help Me, I'm Falling"   2:49

3. "Have Thine Own Way, Lord"   2:59

4. "I Ain't Never"   2:49

5. "Hearts of Stone"   2:10

6. "Today I Started Loving You Again"   3:12

The Blue Ridge Rangers is the 1st solo studio album by John Fogerty, the former lead singer and lead guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Upon its initial release by Fantasy Records in 1973, the album was credited to "The Blue Ridge Rangers" with no mention of Fogerty on the cover. Fogerty chose to do this in order to distance himself from his Creedence legacy. The LP was later reissued and credited to John Fogerty with a different cover design. The CD reissue restores the original silhouette cover photo and credits the album to Fogerty. The album is made up entirely of traditional and country covers, and features Fogerty playing all the instruments.

The album peaked at #47 on the charts. Two singles from the album became hits: "Jambalaya" which peaked at #16, and "Hearts of Stone" which peaked at #37.

In 2009, Fogerty released a sequel to this album, entitled The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again.

John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Together with Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and his brother Tom Fogerty, he founded the band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), for which he was the lead singer, lead guitarist, and principal songwriter. The group had nine top-10 singles and eight gold albums between 1968 and 1972, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Since CCR parted ways in 1972, Fogerty has had a successful solo career, which continues. He was listed on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Songwriters (at No. 40) and the list of 100 Greatest Singers (at No. 72). His songs include "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Fortunate Son", "Green River", "Down on the Corner", "Who'll Stop the Rain", "Centerfield" and "The Old Man Down the Road".

John Fogerty Band Members / Musicians

John Fogerty - vocals, guitar, harmonica

Shane Fogerty - guitar, vocals

Tyler Fogerty - vocals

Kenny Aronoff - drums

Bob Malone - keyboard

James Lomenzo - bass

Nate Collins - saxophone

Julian Dresler - trumpet

Adam Miller - trombone

Trysette Loosemore - back-up vocals

Lavone LB Seetal - back-up vocals

John Fogerty Discography Full

1973 The Blue Ridge Rangers

1975 John Fogerty

1976 Hoodoo (unreleased)

1985 Centerfield

1986 Eye of the Zombie

1997 Blue Moon Swamp

2004 Deja Vu All Over Again

2007 Revival

2009 The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again

2013 Wrote a Song for Everyone

2020 Fogerty's Factory

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