Fogerty Readies Album, Tour

September release eyed for new set

No one will accuse John Fogerty of being anything resembling prolific as a solo artist. With Creedence Clearwater Revival, he once offered up three classic albums (Bayou Country, Green River and Willie and the Poor Boys) in a single year. But Fogerty's last release, the Grammy-winning Blue Moon Swamp, was his third solo set over the span of twelve years . . . and that was seven years ago. But Fogerty is putting the finishing touches on solo album Number Four (Number Six if you count the 1973 nom de bluegrass self-titled set The Blue Ridge Rangers and 1976's unreleased Hoodoo, which was rejected by his label) in hopes of releasing it in September.

Fogerty will get the chance to showcase some of the new material on a summer tour that begins June 25th in Saratoga, California. The thirty-two-date trek runs into August.

The tour will be Fogerty's first major outing since he supported Blue Moon Swamp, the Mississippi Delta-inspired comeback record that, when released in 1997, was his first new set of songs in a decade. The record had a charting country single with "Southern Streamline" and took home a Best Rock Album Grammy. The subsequent tour also spawned a 1998 live album, Premonition.

The first murmurs about a new album began two years ago when Fogerty announced a new deal with DreamWorks Records, at the time headed by Mo Ostin and Lenny Waronker, who had helped Fogerty get his multi-platinum 1985 album Centerfield made. In 2002, Fogerty recalled that Waronker urged him to, "go make your dream record."

Fogerty has been dogged by label woes for much of his thirty-plus years in the business, and last fall, DreamWorks was shuttered and absorbed into the larger Universal Music Group. His site doesn't say whether or not the album will be released through Universal, only promising that "The wait is over."

John Fogerty tour dates:

6/25: Saratoga, CA, Montalvo Garden Theater
6/26: Lake Tahoe, NV, Harvey's Amphitheater
6/28: Medford, OR, Jackson County Fairgrounds
6/29: Eugene, OR, Cuthbert Amphitheater
6/30: Redmond, WA, Marymoore Amphitheater
7/2: Spokane, WA, Lilac Bowl
7/3: McCall, ID, Brundage Mountain
7/4: Big Sky, MT, Big Sky Outdoor Pavilion
7/6: Milloula, MT, Caras Park Pavilion
7/7: Boise, ID, Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/9: Park City, UT, Deer Valley
7/10: Denver, Universal Lending Pavilion
7/11: Kearney, NE, Tri City Arena
7/13: Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
7/14: Omaha, NE, Omaha Civic Music Hall
7/16: Walker, MN, Moondance Jam Festival
7/17: Mankato, MN, Midwest Wireless Civic Center
7/18: Cadott, WI, Chippewa Valley Rock Fest
7/20: South Bend, IN, Morris Auditorium
7/21: Peoria, IL, Civic Center Theater
7/23: Arnold's Park, IA, Arnold's Park
7/24: St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
7/27: San Diego, CA, Summer Pop's Bowl
7/28: Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fair
7/29: Paso Robles, CA, California Mid State Fair
7/31: Las Vegas, The Joint
8/1: Phoenix, Dodge Theater
8/3: TBA
8/4: Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
8/6: Dallas, Nextstage
8/7: Austin, The Backyard
8/8: Houston, Verizon Wireless Theater