TRAVELIN' BAND | THE STORY OF CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
Do any other Creedence Clearwater Revival fans find it curious that, unlike other bands & artists who have been featured in TV specials, movies or theatrical pieces — including Elvis, Hanks Williams, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons — there's been nothing yet for CCR?
We now offer for your consideration: "Travelin Band," the Musical Story of CCR. This original theatrical production features a live band performing 25 of CCR's greatest hits, interwoven with a fictional character ("Trucker") delivering historical facts about the legendary group.
Trucker — the band's former tour bus drive, then later a truck driver — has known John Fogerty and his bandmates from their childhoods. He calls his truck "The Midnight Special"; also seen written in cursive on the side of his truck: "Keep On Chooglin." Most of Trucker's story is delivered from behind the wheel, narrated by the moonlight of some deserted American highway. By virtue of his lifetime friendship with John, Tom, Stu and Doug — and also because being their driver — Trucker has witnessed perhaps more shows and events related to CCR than anyone -- except of course, the band itself. Below is an excerpt from "Travelin Band"; if you are a producer or venue interested in this performance, please contact us at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Excerpt from "Travelin Band" The Story Of CCR)
TRUCKER: EVERY GREAT STORY HAS TO START SOMEWHERE, SO I GUESS THE BAR SCENE AROUND OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA IS AS GOOD AS ANY. JOHN’S OLDER BROTHER TOM STARTED PLAYING FIRST, AND HE WAS KIND OF A LOCAL HERO, SINGING WITH DIFFERENT BANDS IN TOWN. JOHN WAS CHILDHOOD PALS WITH STU COOK, WHO PLAYED PIANO FIRST, BUT SWITCHED OVER TO BASS. DOUG CLIFFORD WAS ANOTHER PAL WHO THEY GOT GOING ON THE DRUMS.
THINKING BACK ON HOW EVERYTHING TURNED OUT WITH THOSE BITTER LAWSUITS AND ALL, YOU HAVE TO WONDER IF THEY EVER LOOKED BACK AND THOUGHT ABOUT BEING YOUNG – BEING FRIENDS AGAIN – BEING CLOSE AGAIN WITH A BROTHER OR A SON OR WIFE. I'M GUESSING ABOUT THE ONLY THING THEY WOULD ALL AGREE ON ANYMORE WOULD BE THAT THERE'S A STEEP PRICE FOR BEING RICH & FAMOUS, AND BEING CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR WHEN ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. TO ME, THIS SONG IS ABOUT THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM OF TAKING ONE MORE TRIP BACK IN TIME TO WHEN EVERYTHING WAS SIMPLER, EVERYONE WAS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AGAIN; IT'S ABOUT GOING HOME.
Band plays “Green River.”
TRUCKER: BEFORE THERE WAS A CCR, OR EVEN THE GOLLIWOGS, JOHN & THEM USED TO KICK AROUND THE BAY AREA IN SOME BAR BANDS. BY THE WAY, I NEVER LIKED THAT NAME, BUT SINCE WHEN DID THOSE GUYS EVER LISTEN TO ME? BAD NAME OR NOT, THEY NEVER REALLY GOT ANYWHERE TO MENTION WITH IT OR WITH THOSE SHOWS, BUT JOHN STUMBLED UPON SOMETHING GREAT IN THOSE SMOKY BARS: HE FOUND HIS VOICE AS AN ARTIST. HE ALSO PICKED UP A STRANGE TECHNIQUE THAT DROVE MANY A SOUNDMAN CRAZY: SIDEWAYS SINGING. ACCORDING TO JOHN: A LOT OF THOSE DIVE BARS WERE REALLY NASTY, AND SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THOSE BARS WERE NO PICNIC TO SEE, EITHER. UNLIKE MOST OTHER BANDS WHERE THE LEAD SINGER WAS IN THE MIDDLE, JOHN ALWAYS SET UP ON THE RIGHT – THEIR LEFT - SO HE WAS CLOSE TO THE WALL. SO WHEN HE DIDN’T WANT TO SEE WHAT WAS IN FRONT OF HIM, HE STARTED LOOKING AT THE WALLS, READING WHATEVER WAS WRITTEN THERE. AND THAT LITTLE QUIRK TURNED INTO A SIGNATURE STYLE OF ONE OF THE GREATESTS ROCK SINGERS OF ALL TIME. HERE’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS THEY USED TO DO LIVE IN THOSE DIRTY BARS, AND RECORDED LATER – NIGHTTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME.
Band plays “Nighttime Is The Right Time”