John Fogerty has just announced that his next album, Wrote A Song For Everyone, originally due in the fall, is being pushed back to early 2013. On his website, a message reads, “There is an amazing group of artists who have joined Fogerty in making this record – bringing their distinctive style to his songs. There are additional touches being added to the recording, including some new original songs and notable surprises.”
So far, the album features updates of a number of classics from the Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog, with a few of Fogerty’s solo songs represented. Each song is a collaboration: So far, the album’s guest list features the Foo Fighters (“Fortunate Son”), Bob Seger (“Who’ll Stop The Rain”), Kid Rock (“Born On The Bayou”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Proud Mary”), along with country stars Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban and indie rock rockers My Morning Jacket and Dawes.
So, what could the “additional touches” and “notable surprises” be? Here are five educated guesses.
1. The Black Keys
In their recent Rolling Stone cover story, frontman Dan Auerbach told the magazine that even though he dislikes classic rock, ”I love Creedence. If there’s any musician I’ve ever aspired to be like, it’s probably Fogerty and Creedence, because, even in the age of hippiedom, they were just dressed way normal, and what they did was kind of timeless. It’s such a mixture of a lot of things that I love, like rockabilly and blues music and folk.” Even if they don’t record a Creedence song together, Fogerty joined the Keys at their Coachella set earlier this year for a cover of The Band’s “The Weight.” Can we at least get that as a bonus track?
2. Tina Turner
After she recorded Creedence’s “Proud Mary,” she kind of owned it. But it would be a lot of fun to hear her revisit the CCR catalog with a little help from John.
3. Pearl Jam
At least one Seattle band should be represented on this album; those were the bands who, in the ’90s, brought John’s musical aesthetic (raw, loud, simple) and fashion (flannel, jeans) back to rock music after years of hair metal and new wave. Pearl Jam has covered “Fortunate Son” already, but there’s plenty of other nuggets in the CCR catalog for them. How about “Green River” — especially since Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament used to be in a band by that name?
4. Stevie Wonder
Creedence enjoyed a big hit with a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” It would be fun for Motown’s longest-running artist take a stab at a CCR classic with Fogerty’s help.
5. Bruce Springsteen
He’s the most glaring omission on the track list so far. In 1993, Springsteen inducted Creedence into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and backed Fogerty when he performed at the ceremony. During his speech he said, “In the late ’60s and ’70s, they weren’t the hippest band, but they were the best!” He also noted, “On the fashion front: all of Seattle should bow!” Fogerty was Springsteen’s special guest on the 2004 “Vote For Change” tour, where they played a number of songs together each night, and more recently, they played together at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary celebration concert. Bruce sang on Fogerty’s last album, 2009′s The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, but has been busy on tour in the past few months, which may explain why the two haven’t had the chance to hit the studio together.
Or, how about inviting former bandmates Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford? OK, we won’t hold our collective breath for that one.
– Brian Ives, CBS Local