John Fogerty, "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again"

Album Review
3.5
<p>Creative plural notwithstanding, <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/john-fogerty/4642">John Fogerty</a> 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 <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/creedence-clearwater-revival/4371"> Creedence Clearwater Revival</a>'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 <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/bruce-springsteen/5738">Bruce Springsteen</a> for a gallop through the <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/the-everly-brothers/4568">Everly Brothers</a>' "When Will I Be Loved?" and the <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/the-eagles/31185">Eagles</a>' Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit for <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/rick-nelson/90146">Ricky Nelson</a>'s age-appropriate "Garden Party." Elsewhere, Fogerty is accompanied by folks like <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/buddy-miller/87228">Buddy Miller</a> and <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/kenny-aronoff/39129">Kenny Aronoff</a>. Not surprisingly, Fogerty settles into his country surroundings with a self-assured grace, especially on <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/john-prine/5454">John Prine</a>'s melancholy "Paradise," Jerry Gillespie's "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" and even on <a href="http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/john-denver/4445">John Denver</a>'s "Back Home Again."</p>