(Bayou County CCR Tribute Band band members, bassist Drew Soltes (left), lead guitarist Al Hendry, drummer Brandon Gourley, lead singer Paul Beresford – in the role of John Fogerty, and rhythm guitarist John Litynsky performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre during a fundraiser for Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)
Without question, Bayou County, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, turned the Olde Walkerville Theatre on its ear Saturday night in a rousing and exacting replication of the music made famous, initially in San Franciso, by famed frontman John Fogerty.
The five-man band stars Paul Beresford, as Fogerty himself, along with lead guitarist Al Hendry, bassist Drew Soltes, drummer Brandon Gourley and rhythm guitarist John Litynsky. When on stage the five music brothers bring a chemistry not easily duplicated. Add to that the smiles on their faces as they move about the stage, except for Gourley, and it is highly evident they are having as much fun as the audience, if not more.
The Saturday night concert also served as a fundraiser for Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario. The organization helps adults with physical disabilities maintain active lifestyles including being able to live with some degree of independence. Sponsors for the evening included Provincial Chrysler and BraunAbility, a maker of vans outfitted for wheel chairs. Its latest product customizes made-in-Windsor FCA Pacificas.
At the event’s intermission, Laura Kay, Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario’s Special Projects and Change Manager officially thanked Udo Kiewitz, Provincial Chrysler’s General Manager, and Brian Harper of BraunAbility for their sponsorship of the evening.
With many in the audience on their feet dancing, the band played a succession of CCR hits which included, but was not limited to, Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, Bad Moon Rising and Travellin’ Band. Oddly enough, the band didn’t have that far to travel. Master of Ceremonies Mario Ricci made the point of pointing out, in his introductory remarks, about the band’s members being some of the best local musicians.
Although the group was close to home, some in the audience were not. Goderich’s John Orr and his wife are a good example. He is a regular camper at Bayfield’s Pine Lake Camp and that is where he met Bayou County’s guitarist John Litynsky. “I didn’t know he was that good,” he told Eyes on Windsor of his long-time summer friend. One of the highlights of their vacations is campfire singing, which wasn’t quite as polished as what he was hearing Saturday night.
Litynsky is more than good although in a band with all members running on all eight cylinders it is hard to single out just one, aside from Beresford who doesn’t try to imitate Fogerty, even though there is more than canny similarity in his appearance. Instead he talks of the history of CCR and then simply lets his singing do the magic.
One of the joys of Bayou County is that while it plays CCR music it doesn’t try to be CCR. Beresford himself spends the night not playing a trademark Fogerty Gibson Les Paul guitar. Instead, he’s settled on the Epiphone version of the famous six string. His band mates alternate between some of Gibson’s finest along with the best from the Fender guitar organization and plug their guitars into Fender and Marshall amplifiers.
This was the band’s official coming out, so to speak, and given the stellar performance Saturday night, Windsor can expect to be blessed with many more nights of their most enjoyable CCR music.
For more about the band visit https://bayoucounty.com
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.