Creative plural notwithstanding, John Fogerty was the Blue Ridge Rangers on his 1973 solo debut, adopting the fictitious band moniker as a means of swinging back at writer's block and Creedence Clearwater Revival's flameout-but not so much on the sequel, "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again." For this warm set of 11 country-time covers (including a track from his 1986 album, "Eye of the Zombie"), Fogerty turns to his speed-dial list of superstars. He recruits Bruce Springsteen for a gallop through the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved?" and the Eagles' Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit for Ricky Nelson's age-appropriate "Garden Party." Elsewhere, Fogerty is accompanied by folks like Buddy Miller and Kenny Aronoff. Not surprisingly, Fogerty settles into his country surroundings with a self-assured grace, especially on John Prine's melancholy "Paradise," Jerry Gillespie's "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" and even on John Denver's "Back Home Again."
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