At the age of 63, John Fogerty is not resting on his laurels.
He could, of course -- especially with an enduring body of work, including 17 Top 40 hits, from his band Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as solo material. But Fogerty has instead been working hard on a pair of new projects for his fans' eyes and ears.
One is "John Fogerty: The Return of the Blue Ridge Rangers," a sequel to his 1973 solo album of American country, folk and roots material. He recently finished it, although he's not yet sure when it comes out. And unlike the original "Blue Ridge Rangers," which was a one-man-band affair, Fogerty worked with a full group on the latest outing, including ace players such as Buddy Miller, Greg Leisz and Fogerty's current touring drummer, Kenny Aronoff.
"I've known for years that...if I ever did a Blue Ridge Rangers album again I sure didn't want to play all the instruments," Fogerty explains. "I had long felt that was probably something that was wrong with the first album.
"Those guys I used are just fantastic players. They really captured or understood what the Blue Ridge Rangers vibe is. It's a really cool record."
Fogerty is also working to complete a new DVD, "John Fogerty -- Comin' Down the Road," which was filmed last year at London's Royal Albert Hall and will also include a documentary about his life and career. It's release date is also undetermined.
Fogerty's CCR tenure will be represented this year, too, with first-time sanctioned contributions to an upgraded and expanded version of the "Woodstock" documentary that's due out June 9 as well as a six-CD Woodstock box set that's being released Aug. 18.
"I gave my blessings after all this time," Fogerty says. "We weren't in the movie on purpose. Nobody really understood what the movie would be; the track they wanted to use was 'Bad Moon Rising,' and I just didn't feel like it was our best work.
"But now it's OK. Historically it is what it is. It doesn't matter if it's well done or not well done. It's just history."
John Fogerty performs at 8 p.m. Friday (May 29) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $65 and $45 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $44 lawn four-pack. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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