Title - ‘A Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival’
Artist - Various
In this business, there are some new album releases you a) wait with baited breath for or b) couldn’t give a rat’s ass about! For me, the former applies in huge amounts as a) I’m a huge CCR fan and b) I love hearing all these various artists come together to perform. You’d never get them together on the one stage so on CD is about the closest we’ll get to a supergroup bringing home the cult hits of, in this case, CCR.
‘A Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival’ is just brimming with so much talent that to list them all would make your head spin. I mean, surely it’s also enough to entice even the most ardent of CCR fans to give this get-together a chance? And as much as you might think that the names will be old school has-beens, well, you’d be so wrong as included here on this wonderful compilation are revered blues artists such as LeRoux, Will Wilde, Mike Zito, Sonny Landreth, Blitzen Trapper, Kirk Fletcher, Duke Robillard and amongst others both Dead Man Winter and The Mynabirds.
Kicking-off this incredible, truly sumptuous blues fest to the classic rock sounds of John Fogerty and his legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival outfit are Mike Zito (of Royal Southern Brotherhood) and slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth with a cleverly transformed ‘Fortunate Son’ and then a brilliant ‘Bad Moon Rising’ from The Mynabirds. An American indie pop band founded by singer-songwriter and pianist Laura Burhenn the original elements are still there but wow does she twist and turn the patterns. Founded in California’s San Francisco Bay area in the late 60’s, CCR had their first taste of major success in 1969 with ‘Proud Mary,’ and here on this new compilation it’s the turn of Portland’s very own beloved Blitzen Trapper to bring their own harmonica and organ style fusion to it.
And the hits keep coming, as they did back in the day for CCR with a homegrown American music stomp, clap, shake and holler rendition of ‘Down On The Corner’ from Spirit Family Reunion, ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ (Dead Man Winter), ‘Looking Out My Back Door’ (LeRoux, a pop/rock band founded in Baton Rouge), and both ‘Who’ll Stop The Rain’ (Duke Robillard) and ‘Up Around The Bend’ by South Memphis String Band.
In truth, since CCR broke up back in 1972 numerous bands and artists have offered up their own takes on CCR’s great songs, but none quite like these, trust me. So if you think you’ve heard all this is to have heard layered within any CCR song, well, you’d be wrong. Up next is ‘Susie Q’ (from British blues harmonica artist Will Wilde), ‘Run Through The Jungle’ (Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, and then the album comes to a close with both ‘Green River’ (Kirk Fletcher) and ‘Born On The Bayou’ from Trampled Under Foot.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk