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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...8/12/21

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 08/12/2021

"Cosmo's vault of course," he said with a hearty laugh, "it is out there and chuck full of musical delights which will eventually see the light of day and we've got one of the best ones right now; The Clifford/Wright Project. This has some really terrific players on it; it sounds great. I actually listened to it like a guy who just picked it up at a local record shop (laughs); I sat and listened to it and I don't do that too often." 

Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, the backbeat and backbone of legendary rock 'n' roll band Creedence Clearwater Revival continues to impact music today as he has dug deep into his personal vault and come up with yet another treasure trove of gems for our listening pleasure. 

The last time "Cosmo" delved into his personal stash, "Magic Window" was the result; a project which seemed to awaken his creative conscience but if that was an awakening; this is an all-out rebel rousing. Recently, he recounted the story of his partnership with bassist Steve Wright and how these recordings became unearthed.

"They came from the same place, they were just done at a different time," Clifford explained.  "They were done in 1980 when I was trying to put a band together with Steve Wright from the Greg Kihn Band; bass player extraordinaire and songwriter from El Cerrito where Creedence Clearwater Revival started. He was a hometown boy who was a fan of ours and I didn't know him. He came to my house, knocked on my door and introduced himself and I knew his brother from high school. So, we started hanging out, one thing led to another and the next thing we knew we were writing songs and then we decided that we had a bunch of songs and we were sure that we'd be able to continue to write; there was a million things to write about. So, we started putting a band together and that's why we recorded those songs but back then you needed to play live to get a record deal. You could get interested from a record company with recorded music but then they'd want to see how you performed on stage and wanted to meet you as individuals; Steve didn't want to go out and play so that sort of put that one to bed and into the vault it went. That's when I did my solo album; I figured I'd get a band together and I'd go out and play and that's when life came into the picture. I had kids of course and all of those things were happening and then I got involved in a project called "Neighbors for Defensible Space," which is managing fuels around your house and an environment which I still live in and right now we're surrounded by massive fires; that program was the number one program of its kind in the nation. So, I'm involved with that and became the "Citizen of The Year" for the Chamber of Commerce; I was the only citizen of the year for the Chamber of Commerce who wasn't a member of the Chamber of Commerce (laughs). I used my celebrity to open doors and I studied by using the university biology department for information on how to do the work without upsetting the soil because of the clarity of the lake which was a big problem but anyway; here we are and time goes by and music lies dormant waiting to be heard by friends and fans from all over the world."

This is more than a desire to release some found tracks; Clifford had a personal attachment to Wright and together they had some very talented friends. Listening to him talk of this release, one can sense pride and satisfaction with the finished product. 

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"Steve passed away in 2017 and he was a great player; his playing in the rhythm section, it really was fun making these records. We were really enjoying each other's work and the band really cooks and it will give people a last chance to hear him as a player and all of the songs that we wrote together and hear the songs delivered by a terrific singer named Keith England who really kicks big-time ass with his pipes; he really did a terrific job singing.  Then we have pedigree guitar players; we have Joe Satriani on four tracks, we have Greg Douglas from Steve Miller and the Greg Kihn Band on a few tracks and Jimmy Lyon from Greg Kihn and Eddie Money. So, I've got some really good players and a couple of keyboard guys who are amazing; it is a really good record to listen to and in these days that are pretty weird; you can actually sit back and go to another place and groove. I'm very excited about it and I'm excited for all of the guys that came together on the session; we had a lot of fun making it and we wanted to pass that on to our fans."

"The record is called "For All The Money In The World," it's 11 tracks and you can find it on my website and anywhere that you download music; it's the first song on the album and it's a love song and it's a shuffle which is cool because I love shuffles and Creedence didn't do one. The chorus line and the gist of the song is that the individual in the story wouldn't give up his love for this girl for all of the money in the world; so, that's the story."

"They are the original records mastered and edited; that's exactly what I've done," he continued. "When you have masters it's pretty hard to do things, you can use different frequencies to boost things or go the other way and reduce but anything else that is in those frequencies is going to be affected by it; it's a real art to be able to do that. Pro Tools were used to edit and do a lot of the compression; we actually did some surgery and chopped some things out and tighten things up a little bit and it is really sounding great right now. The single "For All The Money In The World" is out now and a second single, "I Need Your Love" is coming out; it's a power ballad, a high energy rocker and then on August 27 the album is going to be released. There's a bunch of really good ones on this album and they'll be fresh; what we used to do as Creedence Clearwater Revival was put singles out in between albums and back then the cardinal rule was don't put singles out in front of an album because you'll lose sales. Well, it didn't work that way for us; we didn't lose sales and it kept us on the radio and in people's minds they knew that when that single ran its course there would be an album with a bunch of singles on it coming their. So, we kind of trained our fans that way and radio as a matter of fact and if it wasn't for radio I wouldn't be talking to you because we had a jazz label that we were on and they didn't know anything about rock'n' roll except that rock 'n' roll bands made a lot more money than jazz records did and their motivation was to just make money. So, they kept saying that we had to have a gimmick; so, they called us The Golliwogs and put us in these ridiculous uniforms. We said; how about a hit record? We think that's a pretty good gimmick; what do you think? We got rid of those guys and the name and came up with the name Creedence Clearwater Revival and the rest as they say is history (laughs)." 

OK; so, how did they come up with the name Creedence Clearwater Revival?

"There were a lot of pots of coffee over that one," he said with a laugh, "It took us about two weeks to come up with that one; we had pages of names. Tom Fogerty worked with a fella from South Africa named Creedence and we thought that was a pretty cool name and then again we thought, if we name this after him; we're gonna have to pay him a piece of the action and we didn't want to do that. So, Creedence is truth, honesty and that's what we were doing with our music. We weren't playing psychedelic music just because it was popular and the "You need a gimmick" type mentality. We stayed with what we knew and who we were and that turned out pretty well so, the first part of the name was clicking. Clearwater was a combination of two things, "Cool Clear Water" was a beer and it had a nice visual; a little waterfall coming down over a babbling brook and we liked the way it sounded and also I was into ecology and things of that nature way before it became popular. So, I was always educating the boys about the things they should not throw away and the things that they should, habitat and all of those things so, that was part of it. Revival was a revival of ourselves; no more gimmicks in front of the music. We'll stick with it and not fall into the trap of somebody who didn't know what they were doing."

Now that Creedence Clearwater Revisited is no longer touring as Clifford and Stu Cook have officially retiredwhat does "Cosmo" do to keep active? 

"I play my drums everyday pretty much; it's good exercise for me and it is just part of my life. I exercise and I also play and it's a good exercise because I'm using all four of my limbs playing drums and it is also good for the soul; it's part of my daily ritual. Sometimes I'll even put CDs on; I played with James Brown the other day (laughs). There are ways to make it interesting, I played with Bonnie Rait the other day too; I can pick who I want and it allows me to play music that I want to play and that can make a big difference." 

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That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!

This week's event listings

Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252
Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Brunch (6 p.m.) "Sunday Funday" w/ DJ Spinning
Arts Council of Princeton     
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton     
(609) 924-8777  
Fri. 6 p.m. "Summer Nights" Concert Series feat. Billy Joel Tribute w/ "We May Be Right" (Takes place at Princeton Shopping Center 301 North Harrison Street) 
Bill's Olde Tavern     
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton     
(609) 586-0192     
Thurs. 7 p.m. Sara and The Sound
Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis
Ages 21+    
Bowman's Tavern     
1600 River Road New Hope, PA     
(215) 862-2972     
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Mark Smith Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Matt Gordeuk Trio
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Broken Goblet Brewing   
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA   
(267) 812-5653   
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook 
Fri. 3 p.m. Friday the FIRKINTEENTH (8:30 p.m.) Springbrooke
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic w/ Cara Cartney 
All Shows 21+
Candlelight Lounge     
24 Passaic Street Trenton     
(609) 695-9612     
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam Hosted by The Mojo Gypsies. $5 (Includes hot buffet) 
Championship Bar   
931 Chambers street Trenton   
(609) 396-5457  
Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb   
Ages 21+
Clubhouse at Mountain View
 (The Patio)
850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing  
(609) 771-0400  
Fri. 6 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd     
125 South Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 241-7103
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. "Rock To Adopt" 
Dog & Bull Brew House     
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.     
(215) 788-2855     
Sun. 4 p.m. Zig
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-1220
Sat. 8 p.m. Jerry Watkins
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA
(215) 968-0600
Fri. 6 p.m. Time Peace
German American Society   
215 Uncle Pete's Road Hamilton   
(609) 585-5200   
Fri. 7:30 p.m. The Paul Plumeri Band
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 693-1657  
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musicians Night Out" Hosted by Lovelight 
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Sam Ryan
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Dwayne Dunlevy
Grounds For Sculpture   
80 Sculptors way Hamilton   
(609) 586-0616    
Sat. 10 a.m. "Member Mornings: Garden Stories" 
Havana New Hope 
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.     
(215) 862-9897    
Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk n' Blues Jam
Fri. (8 p.m.) Classic Skynyrd w/ "Southern Steel" Doors Open at 6 p.m., $20 (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party 
Sun. 11 a.m./2 p.m. Newtown School of Rock. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m.) Cars Tribute w/ "You Might Think" Doors open at 4:30 p.m., $20
Mon. (9 p.m.) "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" Hosted by Cyannie Lopez(11 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Dwayne 
Hopewell Valley Vineyards     
46 Yard Avenue Pennington     
(609) 737-4465     
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. 5:30 p.m. Ed Wall   
Sat. (1 p.m.) Chris from Rave On (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Acoustic DuoVer
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Jim Gaven
Iron Plow Vineyards     
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus     
(732) 306-9111  
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Monk & Monk
Sat. 2 p.m. Nicki Sbaffoni
Sun. 2 p.m. Joe Vadala
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wayne Palmer & Friends
Ivy Tavern     
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton     
(609) 888-1435     
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. "Thursday Night Dance Party" 
Fri. 8 p.m. Jason Fox
All shows 21+     
John & Peter's     
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa     
(215) 862-5981    . 
Sat. 9:30 p.m.Tribute To Green Day w/ "The Throwbax" 
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.)
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational     
All shows 21+    
Killarney's Publick House     
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton    
(609) 586-1166    
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Girls Night Out" w/ 7 p.m. Radio Fiction  
Laurita Winery     
85 Archertown Road New Egypt     
(609) 752-0200   
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Laurita Junior Idol 2021" Tryouts
Fri. (12 p.m.) "Wine In The Grove Friday" (6 p.m.) BBQ Grill Night (7 p.m.) Awesome 80's Dance Party
Sat. 12 p.m. Winery Weekend feat. 
Sun. 12 p.m. Winery Weekend  
Wed. 12 p.m. "Girls Night Out" 
Makefield Highlands Golf Club
1418 Woodside Road Yardley, PA
(215) 321-7000
Fri. 5 p.m. Keep The Change Duo
Marie's Kozy Korner
111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
(215) 943-3131
Fri. 7 p.m. Blue Reign
McGuinn's Place     
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence     
(609) 392-0599    
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke      
Ages 21+     
McStews Irish Sports Pub     
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA     
(215) 949-9570     
Sat. 9 p.m. High School Bullies w/ F.F.O.G
Mercer County Park  (Boathouse at Mercer Lake) 
334 South Post Road West Windsor 
(866) 683-3586 
Thurs. 5 p.m. The Polish Nannies
More Than Q 
13 Klines Court Lambertville 
(609) 773-0072
Sat. 2 p.m. Sammy Ryan
Sun. 11 a.m. Gospel Brunch Open Mic
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
Fri. 8 p.m. Matilda
Sat./Sun. 3 p.m. Matilda
Music On Main 
25 East Main Street Yardley, PA
Sat. 6 p.m. Jim Day and the Fish Fry 
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA
(215) 458-7081
Fri. 7 p.m. FREE Movie Night "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m.  Trivia Night
Fri. 6 p.m. Matt Kresge
Sat. 6 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Sun. 11a.m. Crunch Fitness Kickboxing
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA
(215) 637-5151 
Fri. (6 p.m.) The Zone (8 p.m.) Old School
Sat. (4 p.m.) (8 p.m.) Rougarou Band
Sun. 4 p.m. AJ Slick 
Wed. 7 p.m. LeCompt Acoustic Duo
Olde Liberty Tavern
2114 Liberty Street Trenton
(609) 396-2262
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Sara and The Sound
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 4 p.m. "Locals Night" w/ Live "Strolling" Musician 
Fri. 8 p.m. Movie Night on the Green feat. "The Mighty Ducks"
Pasquale's Sports Bar
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(267) 202-6268
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour feat. (TBA)
Sat. 8 p.m. DJ or Live Band Entertainment 
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Patriots Crossing     
1339 River Road Titusville     
(609) 737-2780    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"   
Rosedale Mills
101 Route 31 North Pennington
(609) 737-2008
Sat. 1 p.m. Outdoor Line Dancing. $10 (Rain date Sundays 12 p.m.)
Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater
2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA
Wed. 7 p.m. The Sensational Soul Cruisers (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., tickets available online)
Tara's Tavern    
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown     
(609) 286-2300     
Fri. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy
Terhune Orchards  
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton  
(609) 924-2310  
Fri. 4 p.m. "Sips & Sounds Friday" feat. ALBO
The Bog (Cranbury Golf Club)
49 Southfield Road West Windsor
(609) 799-0341
Sat. 7 p.m. Big Hix
The Buck Hotel
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA
(215) 396-2002
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kevin Kirko
Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk
The Cure Insurance Center     
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton     
(609) 656-3200     
 Sun. 12 p.m./5 p.m. The Harlem Globetrotters
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA
(215) 942-4000
9 p.m. Shameless
The Morrisville Tavern
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Mon. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Tim
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
The Roost     
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge     
(609) 208-0050   
Fri. 8 p.m. El Ka Bong
Sat. 8 p.m. Jersey Shore Cats
The Sycamore Grill     
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 908-6326     
Fri. 8 p.m. Kickbax Acoustic Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. Stage Left
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)     
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.     
(215) 862-8300     
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia      
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage 
All shows 21+   
Working Dog Winery     
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown     
(609) 371-6000  
Sat. 1 p.m. Catmoondaddy
Sun. 1 p.m. Erin McAndrew
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" 
Yankee Doodle Tap Room
10 Palmer Square Princeton
(609) 921-7500
Thurs. 6 p.m. Dueling Piano Night (Palmer Square)

Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.



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