Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty performed alongside his family on the latest edition of NPR Music‘s “Tiny Desk Concert” video series. The retooled version of the show featured Fogerty and his three children performing from their family home.
In a basement studio John, Tyler, Shane, and Kelsy Fogerty share the gift of music with some poignant CCR selections that remain relevant after all these years. Between songs, John also shows off some rare memorabilia that can’t even be found in museums.
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Kicking off with the iconic riff to Fogerty’s solo smash hit “Centerfield”, Fogerty and family makes viewers wonder when they will see the boys of summer again. Those melancholy thoughts are quickly dashed, however, with John’s lyrics of fresh cut grass and America’s pastime. John is even playing a custom guitar built to look like a wooden baseball bat. Between words of encouragement, family introductions, and a look at the original equipment case that CCR used at Woodstock in 1969, which now functions as John’s desk, the family band launches into “Down On The Corner”. The friendly neighborhood tune inspires hope that one day we will all be together again, down on the corner and out there in the streets.
The Fogerty children provide some layered instrumentation with their three guitars, as well as some minor backup vocals. The show is John’s, however, especially as they slow things down a bit when he heads to the piano for “Long As I Can See The Light”. The somber song reminds us all that, even though things may seem their darkest now, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Finally, Fogerty’s Factory takes it home with a rendition of “Proud Mary” to close the “Tiny Desk” performance.
Watch Fogerty’s Factory, featuring John Fogerty and his children, perform on “Tiny Desk”.
Fogerty’s Family – Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
[Video: NPR Music]
John Fogerty is scheduled to hit the road for a pair of concerts in Spain in mid-June, then return to the states for a summer tour starting on July 1st at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL. Given the tumultuous state of the live music industry as a result of COVID-19, however, those dates are likely subject to change. Visit his website for up-to-date information and announcements.