ABIGAIL LAPELL has CCR Fortunate Son, Covered
by Walter Price
Back in 1969 when John Fogerty wrote his seminal protest song “Fortunate Son” there was a lot going on in the world. An unwinnable war was raging, he’s not a crook-Nixon just took office, racial tensions were boiling over and the gay rights movement started in full just outside NYC’s Stonewall Inn.
This is now and, well, one has to wonder why it feels like not much has progressed since Creedence Clearwater Revival dropped their pointed finger at societal woes. The rich haven’t really relinquished their puppet strings as the less fortunate continue to weather the blunt force. And silky-voiced singer-songwriter Abigail Lapell has reimagined the antiestablishment song into an R&B-folk stunner that fits the current times with as much social commentary heft as the original continues to have.
The Toronto-based Lapell has been quoted, “To me, this song can also be heard in response to the last four years of total chaos and cruelty emanating from the White House. Even in Canada, the American political climate has a huge impact on our discourse, so I feel like we’ve all been processing the end of the last presidential administration with mixed emotions.”
If you’re a fan soft as a breeze vocals delivered in a subtle urgency, then add this one to your favorite social consciousness playlist. You can stream this hauntingly gorgeous cover of “Fortunate Son” as well as Abigail Lapell’s Top Spotify Tracks, now at the GTC.
ABIGAIL LAPELL Fortunate Son
Artist photo via Bandcamp
Abigail Lapell – guitar and vocals
Dan Fortin – bass
Jake Oelrichs – drums
Recorded by Jeff McMurrich at Sonology. Mastered by Fedge
“I approached covering “Fortunate Son” with an intimate and laid back sound, bringing it into my own alt-folk oeuvre. Myself and two longtime collaborators, bassist Dan Fortin and drummer Jake Oelrichs developed a minimal arrangement around my almost RnB-like guitar groove. We then recorded the whole song live off of the floor.” – A. Lapell