Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Zac Brown Band, the late Donna Summer and Eagles are among the artists contributing to A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg, a long-gestating encomium to the singer-songwriter.
Fogelberg’s widow, Jean, produced the album, along with producer Norbert Putnam, Irving Azoff and Chuck Morris, all of whom played seminal roles in Fogelberg’s career. Fogelberg died 10 years ago from prostate cancer.
Among the highlights are Brooks’ muscular, robust version of “Phoenix” and Summer’s gorgeous version of “Netherlands,” which features her singing over the original lush orchestrations. Train and Michael McDonald reinvent “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Better Change,” respectively, while Zac Brown Band turns in an emotionally charged live take on “Leader of the Band” and Gill and Grant reimagine “Longer” as a sweet duet.
The album comes during a resurgence in Fogelberg and his music. In September, Part of the Plan, a musical based on Fogelberg’s songs, opened at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to strong reviews.
A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg track listing: 1. Phoenix performed by Garth Brooks 2. Nether Lands performed by Donna Summer 3. Better Change performed by Michael McDonald 4. Longer performed by Amy Grant/Vince Gill 5. Same Old Lang Syne performed by Train 6. Don’t Lose Heart performed by Dobie Gray 7. Old Tennessee performed by Fool’s Gold/Denny Henson and Tom Kelly 8. As the Raven Flies performed by Casey James 9. Sutters Mill performed by Randy Owen 10. Run for the Roses performed by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Richie Furay 11. Hard to Say performed by Boz Scaggs 12. Part of the Plan performed by Eagles 13. There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler performed by Jimmy Buffett 14. Leader of the Band performed by Zac Brown Band