John Fogerty has always been his own man, as you can tell by his songs.
So it follows that for his latest album, the 68-year-old did it his way. He sought the exact people he wanted to work with, and re-created songs he made famous while leading Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Fogerty, who will perform Tuesday at Hard Rock Live, released the result, "Wrote a Song for Everyone," on May 28. It landed at No. 3 on Billboard, making it the highest-debuting album of his career.
The recording features Fogerty collaborating with rockers Bob Seger, Kid Rock and Foo Fighters; country stars Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Alan Jackson; young rock groups My Morning Jacket and Dawes; and R&B-pop star Jennifer Hudson.
"I think of this as being a really high watermark in my career," Fogerty told the Los Angeles Times. "I would say this is certainly the best record I've ever been on. I even hesitate to call it 'my record,' because there are so many people here contributing. But I do feel it's really, really special."
Fogerty's song with Lambert, the title track, takes us through a soldier's thoughts as he's about to be sent off to war. "I'd been in the studio with Miranda," he told the Times. "I remember when it got to the part for the solo, she had shouted out, 'A face-melting guitar solo!' I thought it would be cool if I did something kinda like Tom Morello. Then, I backed off and said, 'No, I'm going to call Tom Morello.' "
He did, and the former Rage Against the Machine guitarist became another of the album's guest stars.
Fogerty's career has gone up and down so much that his Wikipedia page includes entries for his "first comeback" and "second comeback." From 1969 to 1972, Fogerty led Creedence Clearwater Revival through six albums and 15 Top 20 singles.
After the band dissolved, he went solo, but he was plagued by spats and lawsuits with record labels. "Centerfield," the baseball song, revived him in 1985, to the point that the Baseball Hall of Fame honored Fogerty in 2010.
Today, he's on the road as an elder statesman, playing CCR songs, performing gigs at sporting events and writing his memoir. The book is expected to be released next year.
John Fogerty will perform 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, in Hollywood. Tickets cost $69-$89. Call 954-797-5531 or go to HardRockLiveHollywoodFL.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun