Shane and Tyler Fogerty, the sons of rock legend John Fogerty, will release their band Hearty Har‘s debut album, Radio Astro on February 19th.
The pair are part of their dad’s touring band and his quarantine studio group Cosmo’s Factory along with kid sister Kelsy.
Shane Fogerty, who’s now 30, spoke about their how their dad helped them as musicians as they were figuring out how to master their instruments, telling Mojo magazine, “We’d go to him for little tips how to play AC/DC or Green Day. In fact, he became quite a fan of the Offspring for a while because they were my favorite band when I was 13.”
29-year-old Tyler explained that their dad told them that if they were serious about becoming musicians — it was an all or nothing decision — not a hobby or a part-time distraction: “We had to make it a life or death thing and along the way people would drift off with a girlfriend or just not be interested. We were, like, ‘Yeah, yeah Dad’ — but it turned out to be true, so eventually we started listening.”
Tyler laughed as he recalled, “There hasn’t been a time yet when we’re recording a song and one person’s not been like, ‘Come on, you can’t like this?’ I think we maybe have a different relationship than other brothers where we don’t step on each other’s toes too much. We have our disagreements but we’re pretty chill with each other and we really are best friends.”
The brothers’ release follows the May 2020 release of John Fogerty‘s full 12-track album of his quarantine recordings, titled Fogerty’s Factory. That band features Shane on guitar, and Tyler on bass, along with John’s daughter, Kelsy on brushes and snare.
“We have had so much fun creating these videos. We hope we could bring some joy into your home from ours. These videos were a labor of love, only produced with a few folks with social distancing and masks included! We were able to create these videos without a big production or overdubs straight from our own home. Fogerty’s Factory will be taking a hiatus for a while as one of the band members, Kelsey is off to college!” John Fogerty posted in a message to fans on his YouTube page.
The Fogerty’s also recreated Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s legendary 1970 album, Cosmos Factory. John Fogerty enlisted his kids to replace his former bandmates in the exact same spot they sat 50 years ago. Fogerty’s brother Bob — who shot the original photo — returned to do the honors.