John Fogerty Live Performance Las Vegas 2013 – John Fogerty ft. Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & Tim McGraw with Born on The Bayou at Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night at Las Vegas 2013. (Roots rock, country rock, blues rock, swamp rock, Southern rock, rock and roll).
“Born on the Bayou” is the first track on Creedence Clearwater Revival's second album, Bayou Country. It was released as the B-side of the single “Proud Mary” that reached #2 on the Billboard Charts.
As the songwriter, John Fogerty, commented: “Born on the Bayou” was vaguely like “Porterville,” about a mythical childhood and a heat-filled time, the Fourth of July. I put it in the swamp where, of course, I had never lived. It was late as I was writing. I was trying to be a pure writer, no guitar in hand, visualizing and looking at the bare walls of my apartment. Tiny apartments have wonderful bare walls, especially when you can't afford to put anything on them. “Chasing down a hoodoo.” Hoodoo is a magical, mystical, spiritual, non-defined apparition, like a ghost or a shadow, not necessarily evil, but certainly other-worldly. I was getting some of that imagery from Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.
“Born on the Bayou” is an example of ‘swamp rock', a genre associated with John Fogerty, Little Feat/Lowell George, The Band, Canned Heat, J.J. Cale, The Doobie Brothers and Tony Joe White. The guitar setting for the intro is over-driven with amp vibrato on a slow setting; Fogerty uses a Gibson semi-acoustic with humbuckers (which was stolen from his car soon after recording this track). The E7 chord gives the song a strong Southern blues feel. To many, the vocal performance on this track represents a pinnacle in John Fogerty's singing, the performance as a whole is regarded as one of Creedence Clearwater Revival's finest hours. “Born on the Bayou” opened most of CCR's concerts, and was known as the band's signature song.
Tim McGraw and a dozen or so other artists from country, rock and hip-hop came together in Las Vegas one night after the 2013 ACM Awards to film the ‘ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Summer Night' television special. The footage will finally air this Sunday (May 19) on CBS, with performances from Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo and John Fogerty said to be the highlights.
Swift and Keith Urban join McGraw to deliver his current single, ‘Highway Don't Care,' which features the pop-country starlet on supporting vocals and Urban on guitar. Ne-Yo is one of many artists to perform his own music with McGraw — the two sing a ballad called ‘She Is.' Rapper Pitbull joins the country superstar to sing ‘Felt Good on My Lips.'
For McGraw, it was the performance with Fogerty that he enjoyed most. Urban, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean were also on stage as they sing the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit ‘Born on the Bayou.' “We were completely floored when he opened his mouth and started singing,” McGraw said, according to the Associated Press.
“We're all Fogerty fans, CCR fans, all the stuff that he did that was fantastic. But when he started playing guitar and started singing ‘Born on the Bayou' in that voice — I think he's in his mid-60s, if I'm not mistaken. He can flat … sing,” he remarked. “We just sort of stepped back and looked at each other and said, ‘Are you kidding me?'”
The special airs at 9PM ET.
Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, rapper Nelly and the Band Perry are other artists who joined McGraw for the April 8 taping. McGraw is currently on tour with Gilbert and Love and Theft. The Two Lanes of Freedom Tour runs through August 4.
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