Released today (November 20th) by John Fogerty and his kids is the new 12-track album of their quarantine recordings, titled Fogerty’s Factory. Back on May 28th — John Fogerty’s 75th birthday — he released an EP of songs featuring him performing some of his classic tunes with three of his kids, also called Fogerty’s Factory.
Rounding out the group is Fogerty’s sons and bandmates, Shane on guitar, and Tyler on bass, along with daughter, Chelsea on guitar, brushes, and snare.
For the recent EP as well as the new set, the Fogerty’s recreated Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s legendary 1970 album, Cosmos Factory. Fogerty enlisted his kids to replace his former bandmates in the exact same spot they sat 50 years ago. Fogerty’s brother Bob — who shot the original photo — returned to do the honors.
The new collection features covers of Bill Withers‘ “Lean On Me,” Steve Goodman‘s “City Of New Orleans,” and 10 of Fogerty’s solo and Creedence classics.
The tracklist to Fogerty’s Factory is: “Centerfield,” “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” “Lean On Me,” “Hot Rod Heart,” “Blue Moon Nights,” “Tombstone Shadow,” “City Of New Orleans,’ “Proud Mary,” “Blueboy,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son,” “and “Don’t You Wish It Was True.”
John Fogerty explained to us how the whole concept of online performances took shape: “When the lockdown came all those months ago, one of the first things that Julie said to me was, ‘Well, it’d be great if you recorded ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain,’ and then posted it (online).’ And I looked at her and kinda scratched my head and I’m goin’, ‘Why would I wanna do that? There’s all kinds of recordings of me doin’ that (laughs) song.’ And she saw everything a little bit differently than me, I guess. She said, ‘Well, I think it would be healing.'”
He went on to say that the informal and scaled back nature of his performances with the kids was part of its allure: “We were in lockdown and it kind of made the mindset for this little family band of ours. It was challenging, but fun, and also it was kind of heartwarming that that was the rules. You understood everybody out there would accept that as the premise. And it was kinda cool that way; meaning, ‘Well this is what we’re gonna do with the cards that’ve been dealt to us, here (laughs), y’know? We’re trying to do the best with the hand that we have.'”