Saturday October 19
JOHN FOGERTY’s new album WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE has entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #3, selling 51,319 copies in its first week. This marks the Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s highest-debuting album of his career (including Creedence Clearwater Revival releases). In addition, this is Fogerty’s highest charting record since 1985's Centerfield hit #1.
Produced by FOGERTY, WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE is generating widespread praise and has received Rolling Stone magazine’s highest rating--a rare 5 stars--in a lead review in the current issue: Read Here
A celebration of FOGERTY’s iconic songbook, the album is a collection of 14 songs: 12 classics and deep tracks (Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo material) from his remarkable canon of hits recorded in collaboration with today’s biggest superstars from the country, pop and rock worlds, plus two brand new solo songs including the new single and video “Mystic Highway.”
WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE marks the singer, songwriter and guitarist’s ninth studio solo album since disbanding Creedence Clearwater Revival. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, it was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville except for "Proud Mary" which was recorded in New Orleans with Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band. FOGERTY recorded “Fortunate Son” with Foo Fighters at their 606 studio using "the" legendary Neve recording console featured in the #1 iTunes documentary Sound City.
Early Critical Praise for WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE:
“The result is some of the best new music Fogerty has made since, well, Creedence. His singing is strong and engaged, even scalding when he goes up against Kid Rock in ‘Born on the Bayou,’ and the current state of Fogerty’s guitar playing is summed up in his shootout with country picker Brad Paisley in ‘Hot Rod Heart.’… “Looking back at these songs, in this company, has brought out a fire and nerve in Fogerty. He sounds as renewed in these performances as the riffs and stories.”
--David Fricke, ROLLING STONE June 6, 2013 (five star review)
“As the genius behind Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo act, John Fogerty's influence runs deep through American popular music. The breadth of his impact shows in the guest list for Wrote a Song for Everyone...Whether Fogerty's swapping vocals with Bob Seger or guitar licks with Brad Paisley, he meets his collaborators at their stylistic crossroads. Each track sounds like it could fit on one of the guest's albums as easily as Fogerty's, no small feat when country singer Miranda Lambert and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello appear on the same song.”
--Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY, May 28, 2013
“John Fogerty is a rock and roll rarity, an artist with a distinctive singing voice as well as a distinctive writing voice. He gets to show them both off on his new Wrote a Song for Everyone (Vanguard) album, a collection of some of his best-known Creedence Clearwater Revival material reworked with some of today's biggest stars alongside some new impressive songs, especially the single ‘Mystic Highway.’ He uses a breakdown with Zac Brown Band to take ‘Bad Moon Rising’ in a different direction and grunges up ‘Fortunate Son’ with the Foo Fighters, while Jennifer Hudson takes ‘Proud Mary’ to another level.” (Grade A-)
--Glenn Gamboa, NEWSDAY.COM, May 24, 2013
"Fogerty and Foo Fighters muscle their way through the strafing guitar riffs of ‘Fortunate Son,’ he and Urban anticipate the joys of an impending weekend in ‘Almost Saturday Night.’ He meets the Zac Brown Band halfway between his own classic swamp rock and their Southern boogie groove for a bouncy revision of ‘Bad Moon Rising,’ and delves into the latent spirituality of the stately title track with Miranda Lambert, for which Fogerty delegated guitar solo duties to Rage Against the Machine/the Nightwatchman guitarist Tom Morello."
--Randy Lewis, LOS ANGELES TIMES, May 28, 2013
“…arguably the most mesmerizing collaboration on the record ‘Almost Saturday Night’…from John and Keith Urban, who truly shines on the vocal. Zac Brown Band leads a much more countrified version of ‘Bad Moon Rising,’ which could surely be a country hit in these days and times, while Miranda sounds perfectly matched for John ‘s swampy style on the title cut….this [album] should be a must for Fogerty followers.”
--Bob Paxman, COUNTRY WEEKLY, May 27, 2013
“…listening to the songs on John Fogerty's Wrote a Song For Everyone will be like reacquainting with old friends, their wisdom and vitality still exhilarating after all these years…the results rock. Highlights include a thunderous performance of ‘Fortunate Son’ featuring the Foo Fighters and Fogerty sound-alike Dave Grohl; the 1997 obscurity ‘Hot Rod Heart,’ with Brad Paisley revving up his guitar; and a rollicking ‘Proud Mary,’ reclaimed from marching band songbooks everywhere by Jennifer Hudson, Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band. Fogerty himself remains a mighty singer, and shows he hasn't lost his knack as a songwriter either. Two new tunes fit right in, which is impressive given such distinguished company.”
--Steven Wine, ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 28, 2013
“Since the late sixties, John Fogerty, both as the leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo artist, has put together one of the most important catalogues in rock and roll history….“Who’ll Stop the Rain?”…gets a toweringly empathetic reading from Fogerty and Bob Seger. Slowed down slightly, with backing piano by Bob Malone, the song pulls a dark lining from silver clouds, and does so beautifully.”
--Ben Greenman, NEWYORKER.COM, May 28, 2013
“Fogerty has perfectly chosen his cast of collaborators and doesn’t shy away from mixing up the arrangements. With help from a diverse coterie of peers, fans, and friends, Wrote a Song for Everyone offers fun and fresh takes on well-worn tunes. Bob Seger adds a lion in winter weariness to ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain.’ The odd couple of Miranda Lambert and Tom Morello add twang and fire to the title track. My Morning Jacket indulges its proclivity for eerie reverb on a haunting take of ‘Long as I Can See the Light.’ Kid Rock and Foo Fighters help soup up the engines of ‘Born on the Bayou’ and ‘Fortunate Son,’ respectively. And Keith Urban--in one of the album’s best marriages of singer and song--hits the sweet spot on ‘Almost Saturday Night.’ The throughline is Fogerty himself, clearly enjoying having another go at it all with a little help from his friends.”
--Sarah Rodman, BOSTONGLOBE.COM, May 28, 2013
John Fogerty--singer, songwriter and guitarist--has sold over 100 million records, earning 18 Gold Albums and 10 Platinum Albums. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, won the Grammy Award for his album Blue Moon Swamp in 1997 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also a BMI Icon Award Winner. In addition, Fogerty and his #1 phenomenal recording “Centerfield” were honored during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies--the first time the National Baseball Hall of Fame has immortalized a musician or song as part of the annual ceremonies. He’s also called the “Father of the Flannel Shirt.”