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Fogerty's Blue Ridge Rangers return

Friday, May 22, 2009 – John Forgerty said he has finished the sequel to The Blue Ridge Rangers 1973 disc. Just when the CD will be out is undetermined.

Fogerty told Billboard he can "take a deep breath and kind of go, 'OK, we're done'. " "John Fogerty: The Return of the Blue Ridge Rangers" is the sequel to his 1973 solo album recorded as the Blue Ridge Rangers, but a solo effort.

"We don't know when it's coming out," Fogerty said. "We're in talks. Stuff can change. I'm just glad that it's done. I stuck with it quite awhile there, to get it right. I wasn't going to let it go until it was what I wanted it to be."

The disc consists of country and American roots music covers and a new recording on one of his songs. T-Bone Burnett and Lenny Waronker produced the disc at Village Recorders in Santa Monica, Cal. The new release is not a one-man affair. Buddy Miller, Greg Leisz, Dennis Crouch, Jay Bellerose and Kenny Aronoff all recorded.

"Those guys are just fantastic players," Fogerty told Billboard. "They really captured or understood what the Blue Ridge Rangers vibe is. It's a really cool record."

Fogerty said he wants to tour when the CD is out. "Lord knows we played it great live in the studio -- it's probably more live than many rock 'n' roll records," he says. "I think it really needs to be presented that way to an audience. We'll have to wait and see how everything shapes up."

Fogerty is finishing a new DVD, "John Fogerty - Comin' Down the Road," filmed last year at London's Royal Albert Hall. No release date was set.

Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival years will appear for the first time in an upgraded and expanded version of the "Woodstock" documentary due out June 9 and a six-CD Woodstock box set coming Aug. 18. "I gave my blessings after all this time," Fogerty explains. "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."

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