John Fogerty is recording a new album,”Wrote a Song for Everyone,” in which he collaborates with well-known colleagues to re-record songs from his vast catalog of songs. The album is due out Oct. 9 on Vanguard Records.
One of the notables Fogerty tapped to take part is Bob Seger, who helped him record a new version of “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” the song that as a double-A sided single (with “Travelin’ Band”) ran up to No. 2 in the charts in early 1970.
With its lyrics using rain as a metaphor for war and bemoaning the failure of political leaders to do anything about it, the song has been one of the major classics in the anti-Vietnam War canon, performed frequently by Bruce Springsteen in concert. Fogerty told “Rolling Stone” that, beyond the more abstract symbolism of the song, “Certainly I was talking about Washington.”
Seger wrote a few anti-war tunes himself, including the fiery anthem “2+2″ that many wish he’d revisit occasionally, with some of his other early works.
Another Detroiter Fogerty called on was Kid Rock, who helped him re-do “Born on the Bayou,” the swamp-rock classic that, with its references to Cajun queens and voodoo, showcased Fogerty’s obsession with the mythology of the deep South.
In a special tip of the hat to New Orleans, Fogerty re-recorded “Proud Mary” with singer Jennifer Hudson. He also enlisted the help of Allen Toussaint, who helped arrange the song and played piano on it. Also playing on the song, recorded last week in the Crescent City, was the Rebirth Brass Band, Rockin’ Dopsie (on washboard) and Anthony “Dopsie” Rubin on accordion.
Other artists included on the forthcoming Fogerty album: Miranda Lambert,
Fogerty has been on a seemingly never-ending tour in recent years, to the delight of fans.
John Fogerty sings “The Weight” with the Black Keys at Coachella, in tribute to the late Levon Helm.