John Fogerty

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by Bill Bentley (

John Fogerty, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (Verve-Forecast)
It's hard to know what to leave out, but if anyone understands the true essence of minimalism, it is John Fogerty. He built one of the greatest bands in American history on the idea that if it feels like it's unnecessary it likely is, and has continued on that road ever since. For this tip of the Gibson he gathered a handful of songs he loves and a few friendly musicians, and then stayed out of the way of letting the magic happen. He opens things with a John Prine song and proceeds to take it all the way to the end of the line. Sometimes making things sound easy is the hardest task of all, and this would be the man to know.
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