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Check It Out

Check It Out!: August 9, 2013

John Fogerty —

Wrote a Song For Everyone


Normally the idea of pairing a musical elder statesman with an array of younger bucks reeks of pure marketing minus the thought of whether it’ll actually sound like some numbers cruncher was the impetus behind it (I’m looking at you, Carlos Santana). But in this case, it’s John Fogerty, whose creative integrity is as solid as the avalanche of work he’s created with Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo artist. Released on his 68th birthday, this project works thanks to the pairing of artists with the right songs and the idea that it was okay to go a little deeper into the CCR catalog. So while there’s familiar fare such as Fogerty ably keeping up with the Foo Fighters on a mondo aggressive take on “Fortunate Son” or uniting with Jennifer Hudson and Allen Toussaint on a Crescent City-flavored reading of “Proud Mary,” there are plenty more obscure but no less stellar moments on this project. A classic country reading of the title track featuring the unusual pairing of Miranda Lambert and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and a poignant version of “Someday Never Comes” is perfectly rendered with help from Dawes. Further, the two new songs, the most excellent road song “Mystic Highway” and the ominous yet twangy “Train of Fools,” prove there’s plenty of creative kick left in this mule.

August 10


The Association/Lovin’ Spoonful/The Cowsills@ Kupferberg Center for the Arts,

Kissena Boulevard& Horace Harding Expressway,

8 p.m. $60, $50, $40. 718-423-8394

Far from being one-hit wonders, the trio that makes up this oldies bill features quite a bit of hit-making firepower. Headliners The Association (“Windy,” “Cherish,” “Along Comes Mary”) may not have had as many hits as tourmates The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Daydream,” “Summer in the City,” “Do You Believe in Magic”), but both Jim Yester of the former and brother Jerry both clocked time with the latter. In keeping with the familial theme, The Cowsills were of course an actual family that played together in a group, was the inspiration for The Partridge Family and racked up some hits along the way (“The Rain, The Park & Other Things,” “Indian Lake,” “Hair”).

August 10


The Black Crowes/Tedeschi-Trucks Band @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, 6:30 p.m.

$85, $49.50. 800-745-3000

Back after a two-year hiatus, the Black Crowes chose to do it with quite a bang by hitting the road with their friends, the 11-piece Tedeschi-Trucks Band (TTB). With the aforementioned Susan and hubby Derek (who calls Butch Trucks of the Allmans dad), there’s plenty of rootsy rock and roll firepower to be expected at this show. Between the Crowes’ deep canon, the forthcoming TTB outing Made Up Mind and classic rock-inspired improvisers London Souls, expect an evening of passionately delivered guitar-driven manna.