Creedence Clearwater Revival also known as CCR is one of my favorite bands. If I could go back into the late 60's/early 70's, my to-do list would definitely include going to a creedence show. When I first started learning the guitar ten years ago, my dad showed me the chords to this song, bad moon rising.....this and house of the rising sun, covered by Eric Burdon and the Animals. Ever since I started loving music and devoloping my own musical personality. This came from learning the tabs to and playing songs by classic bands like CCR from the that era.
The band was made up of members John Fogerty, his brother Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford. They played country rock with a Louisiana bayou "smampgrass" feel to it. Not sure if that is a genre, but if not I'm definitely coining it as one. They had numerous names before coming up with Creedence Clearwater Revival, including the Blue Velvets, The Visions, and the Golliwogs. Could you imagine singing "have you ever seen the rain" at karaoke night by the Golliwogs?! Me either. They actually got their name Creedence Clearwater Revival after a friend of Tom Fogerty, Credence Nuball. They added the extra "e" to Creedence with emphasis on the word "creed". Clearwater initially came from a beer commercial and hit home with the environmental movement of the late 60's. Revival had to do with the bands new found ambition and passion for playing and writing as a serious band. "The most important part was revival" said the band in a 1969 interview. The rest is history......
The band had a remarkable couple years from 69 to 71, but internal struggles with leadership within the group caused them do disassemble. Through years, new bands were formed by different members within the group, but the original members wouldn't play together again.
Nonetheless they created some timeless hits that every generation knows and can relate with.
This acoustic cover of "Bad Moon Rising" is the first rough recording I did after moving down to Nashville from Montana. Enjoy!