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There are a few thousand Creedence Clearwater Revival covers out there, but none quite like Prinz Grizzley's. The Austrian musician (the stage name of Chris Comper) strips down the classic "Proud Mary" to its bare bones. CCR always leaned more into country than I would have admitted back in the day, but Prinz Grizzley devolves the classic rock standard to a banjo led roots song. It's a laid back version that feels much more intimate than the stadium rocking original. We tend to love covers, especially ones that completely rework a classic while keeping the core of the song intact. Prinz Grizzley has released one of the better examples of that we've covered.
Prinz Grizzley's version of "Proud Mary" was inspired by a John Fogerty solo show recorded while he was in the middle of a legal battle with his former bandmembers. Grizzley says:
“I thought he looked really cool, like ‘I don’t give a fuck, I have enough hit singles, just leave me be.' My version is like John Fogerty at 40 when he had a lot of lawsuits against him and was depressed. Maybe if he would have played the song then, that’s how I think it might have sounded.”
You can listen to Prinz Grizzley's version of "Proud Mary" below. For more on Prinz Grizzley, check out the artist's website.