John Fogerty at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 10/20/2013
But Fogerty has never attached the same amount of self-mythologizing to his own work that Springsteen has. Unless he is the single most disingenuous member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a scenario that is about as credible as that spurious long-ago lawsuit, he really does just want to play the guitar and write songs. And he still can, trotting out a social-media-skewering new song called "Nobody Here Anymore" (or maybe "Hear") that reminded my dad of Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing."
And yet his catalog, including that one, can stand right alongside the Boss' and -- that's right, I'll say it -- may even surpass it. Tina Turner knows a pretty good song when she hears one, after all.
Personal Bias: Oh, you know. I'm a big fan of the way American mythology butts up against three chords and the truth.
The Crowd: Late-arriving sliver foxes dancing in the aisles by "Down On the Corner."
Overheard In the Crowd: "Hey, you want a Fogerty T-shirt?"
Random Notebook Dump: Bayou Country is a pretty sticky album (during "Keep On Chooglin'.")
Born On the Bayou
Keep On Chooglin'
Who'll Stop the Rain
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye cover)
Lookin' Out My Back Door
Hot Rod Heart
Nobody Hear Anymore (new song)
Blue Moon Nights
Midnight Special (Leadbelly cover)
Long as I Can See the Light
Rock and Roll Girls
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison cover)
Down On the Corner
Up Around the Bend
The Old Man Down the Road
Bad Moon Rising
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