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The Blue Ridge Rangers

The Blue Ridge Rangers
Studio album by John Fogerty
Released April 1973
Genre Country, gospel, bluegrass, American folk
Length 37 min.
Label Fantasy
Producer John Fogerty
John Fogerty chronology
The Blue Ridge Rangers
(1973)
John Fogerty
(1975)
Alternative cover
Reissue LP cover
Alternative cover
CD reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]

The Blue Ridge Rangers is the first solo album by John Fogerty, the former lead singer and lead guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Upon its initial release by Fantasy Records in 1973, the album was credited to "The Blue Ridge Rangers" with no mention of Fogerty on the cover. Fogerty chose to do this in order to distance himself from his Creedence legacy. The LP was later reissued and credited to John Fogerty with a different cover design. The CD reissue restores the original silhouette cover photo and credits the album to Fogerty. The album is made up entirely of traditional and country covers, and features Fogerty playing all the instruments.

The album peaked at #47 on the charts. Two singles from the album became hits: "Jambalaya" which peaked at #16, and "Hearts of Stone" which peaked at #37.

In 2009, Fogerty released a sequel to this album, entitled The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again.

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues"   Traditional 2:29
2. "Somewhere Listening (For My Name)"   Archie Brownlee 2:37
3. "You're the Reason"   Fred Henley, Terry Fell, Mildred Imes, Bobby Edwards 3:12
4. "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"   Hank Williams 3:15
5. "She Thinks I Still Care"   Dickey Lee Lipscomb, Steve Duffy 2:57
6. "California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)"   Jimmie Rodgers 3:04
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Workin' on a Building"   Traditional 4:34
2. "Please Help Me, I'm Falling"   Don Robertson, Hal Blair 2:49
3. "Have Thine Own Way, Lord"   Adelaide A. Pollard, George C. Stebbins 2:59
4. "I Ain't Never"   Mel Tillis, Webb Pierce 2:49
5. "Hearts of Stone"   Rudy Jackson, Eddy Ray 2:10
6. "Today I Started Loving You Again"   Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens 3:12

Chart performance

Chart (1973) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 47
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 11

See also

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  • The Blue Ridge Rangers - BiographyAllMusic:
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