Hey Friends! My brand new version of the iconic song by Creedence Clearwater Revival is out now. Check it out wherever you listen to music and let me know what you think!
I started putting together a Great Canadian Cover Songs playlist featuring some of my favourites (including a bunch of pals) so please take a listen and hopefully discover something new.
The story: a while ago I was asked to record a cover of "Fortunate Son" for a possible TV show placement. I love CCR and loved that it wasn't an immediately obvious fit with my music, so I got really into the process of interpreting and adapting it with the band. [Spoiler: the song didn't end up getting used for the show -- but I really liked the version we came up with!]
Originally “Fortunate Son” was written as a protest song about the Vietnam war, and the lyrics touch on the wider power structures and class dimensions of that era. In today’s context, I think the original message still resonates in a different way -- with the movement for climate justice, for example, and how the terror of environmental crisis or the coronavirus pandemic are distributed so unevenly throughout society between the haves and the have-nots.
I had a great time recording this song with Dan Fortin on bass and Jake Oelrichs on drums, both amazing players and long time collaborators. We came up with a very minimal arrangement based on my sparse, almost-r-n-b-like guitar groove, and recorded the whole thing live off the floor. I added a bunch of harmony overdubs but otherwise kept it super simple. Ultimately my hope with this track is to pay homage to a timeless classic while twisting it into something a bit new and unexpected.