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John Fogerty's sons launch Hearty Har, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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The big wheel keeps on rollin', as the song says, for music from the family of John Fogerty.

Last year he and three of his children covered Creedence Clearwater Revival and other songs as Fogerty's Factory. Now sons Tyler and Shane, who have been part of their father's touring band in recent years, unveil "Radio Astro," the debut from their own band Hearty Har.

The 11-track set, out Friday, Feb. 19, displays a bread of influences, from the garage rock flavor of the opening "Radio Man" through the Britpop of "Get Down" and "Don't Go Looking For Me" and the Stax-style soul of "Calling You Out." It's a fresh sound drawn from familiar sources, and a sign that these Fogertys' factory is abundantly productive...

• The Fogertys' musical DNA is "kind of a fact of life," according to Tyler, 27. "We'd spent our whole upbringing on the road, but you start noticing just tinges of really good music, and then you start paying attention more to what my dad's songs were about. And seeing him play them, you just get a deeper understanding of it as time goes on. But it's hard not to see him as dad, too."

• Tyler notes that the brothers "never felt pressure to do music" themselves, while Shane, 28, notes that they even "pushed away the music side," interested in pursuits such as skateboarding, art and photography. Shane studied music at the University of Southern California, while Tyler attended the California Institute of the Arts. "Once I kind of found out that not everybody's dad was a rocker and to to tour around the world, I kind of shied away from music and explored other stuff," Shane says. "Eventually we both kind of made our way back into it."

• Hearty Har began as a recording pursuit for the brothers. "We both really like to record and be in the studio," Tyler says. "We've spent a lot of time experimenting and honing and learning how to use everything. Our whole thing is 'Let's just make good-sounding records and song." Shane adds that, "I feel like we're constantly chasing something new and something exciting, trying to find sounds and trying to expand what we've done so far and always trying to elevate it. I think that's the goal and what we're trying to follow."

•The Hearty Har band name occurred to Tyler while watching a Bruce Springsteen concert in London's Hyde Park a few years ago. "I had this feeling of being overwhelmed by the good stuff I was seeing," he explains, "but at the same time I felt like, 'Why me? Why should I be seeing this, and not everyone else?' I just felt lucky. And this name just kind of popped into my head -- having a good, hearty laugh. It's kind of hard to explain, but it's just about having a good spirit about you."

• The duo doesn't hide its lineage, but as "Radio Astro" comes out they're hoping Hearty Har will be recognized for its own musical merits as time goes on. "I just hope people love it and appreciate it," Shane says. "I feel like the music speaks for itself, and when people hear it they'll understand." Tyler adds that, "I think the (band) name is kind of a shield. (The family name) will bring in the people who are expecting something, and some people will be let down, obviously, and that's inevitable. It's hard to say. It's kind of funny how many times people will call you the 'fortunate son,' (stuff) like that."

Hearty Har performs at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 as part of the Bandintown Live Discovery series via bandsintown.com.

Web Site: www.bandsintown.com

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