Q (Magazine) - p.1134 stars out of 5
-- "Possibly the greatest campfire singalong ever."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.944 stars out of 5
-- "A covers projected executed with attention to detail and obvious affection."
Personnel: John Fogerty (guitar, acoustic guitar); Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Bruce Springsteen (vocals); Buddy Miller (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Hunter Perrin (guitar); Greg Leisz (steel guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro, mandolin); Jason Mowery (dobro, mandolin, fiddle, background vocals); Kenny Aronoff (drums, percussion); Jay Bellerose (drums); Herb Pedersen, Oren Waters (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Photographers: Wayne Stambler; Bob Fogerty; Geoff Gans; Julie Fogerty.
Arranger: John Fogerty.
John Fogerty released his first solo CD, an album of covers on which he played all the instruments, under the name the "Blue Ridge Rangers," and he revives that concept on 2009's THE BLUE RIDGE RANGERS RIDES AGAIN. Where the first smacked of the righteous zeal of a young purist, RIDES AGAIN is a lot looser in its attack, which is reflected in the way it splits the difference between country and rockabilly classics and reflective numbers from '70s songwriters. These unexpected covers of John Prine, Delaney & Bonnie, and John Denver offer a peek at a sweeter, gentler Fogerty, a Fogerty who can also be heard on how he lays back instead of pushing ahead on Buck Owens' "I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me)" and Ray Price's "I'll Be There," and even on his revamp of his own neglected swamp rocker "Change in the Weather." He can still raise an unholy ruckus however, wailing his way through Gene Simmons' rockabilly classic "Haunted House" and joyously duetting with Bruce Springsteen on the Everlys' "When Will I Be Loved." Still, RIDES AGAIN isn't a raucous rock & roll album; it's a relaxed good time, a little bit of cheerful nostalgia that's pretty charming.