Every January since 2005 the Iron Horse Music Hall has presented a tribute to an iconic artist or band by a variety of local artists. Memorable past tributes included Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, and the Rolling Stones. In 2010, there was an off-cycle tribute to Alex Chilton to mark the soulful Memphis rocker’s untimely passing. Last year’s Tom Petty Tribute was the first time the annual event was staged as a benefit, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter in the wake of the Northampton arson fires, which tragically took place one year ago today, December 27th, 2009.This year, proceeds will again benefit the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross as more than a dozen of the region’s best local musicians perform handpicked songs of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. CCR were the hugely popular and influential American rock band that gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with songs including “Proud Mary,” “Suzie Q,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner,” “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” “Fortunate Son,” “Born on the Bayou,” and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain.”
The group consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, their swamp rock & roll definitely cast them as southern rock stylists. CCR's music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplay and culture. The band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
The line-up at press time includes, in no particular order, The Lonesome Brothers, Rocky Roberts and Friends, Rusty Belle, Fancy Trash, Girls, Guns & Glory, National Carpet, the Grownup Noise, Salvation Alley String Band, Erik Alan (Amity Front), School For The Dead, The Fawns, Goldwater, Philip Price of Winterpills with members of the Claudia Malibu, and Treefort.