Swamp Rock is a fun term, in that it invokes a place that is far away and mysterious for most people. Most people do not live near a swamp, yet are intrigued by the soulful Swamp Rock sounds that Creedence Clearwater Revival have delivered since 1968. Musicologists had not applied the term Swamp Rock to an artist prior to Creedence's active period, as Theodore Gracyk acknowledges in his tome, Rhythm and Noise: Aesthetics of Rock. Other new genres that Gracyk acknowledges that musicologists coined during this period include: soul, heavy metal, country rock, art rock, and southern rock. These genres reflected the way in which the players performed the music. Thus, the individual talents of a band's rhythm section would have great influence upon the creation of a genre or subgenre. Musicologists started applying the term to Creedence when they were an active band, and continued to do so to the present, also applying the term to later Swamp Rock outfits. That The Ventures wrote and performed a song called "Swamp Rock" on a same titled album that also features Creedence tunes shows how entrenched the name of the genre had become and how Creedence was the primary Swamp Rock artist. A great band like The Ventures showed respect to Creedence by performing their songs in the context of Swamp Rock. Latter day Rolling Stone magazine regularly applies the term to Creedence, such as in their "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time" lists in which they acknowledge "Bad Moon Rising" as swamp rock. Thomas M. Kitts, in his Fogerty biography, refers to the "Graveyard Train" recording as evidence of "CCR's burgeoning swamp rock brand", in that the band invented the genre. Creedence's sound that relied heavily upon Doug and Stu had trancended any type of regional Louisiana and Texas sound, so that the myriad of other influences that all of the members of Creedence brought to the table became an entirely new subgenre of rock 'n roll. All one has to do is look at Creedence's massive popularity during the height of rock 'n roll's popularity during the explosion of rock 'n roll journalism when musicologists had many opportunities to describe the new, exciting, and popular music that artists were making. Creedence has the primary swamp rock tag because of their various and hard rockin' musical influences that were often separate from the lighter fare of swamp pop. Doug and Stu were instrumental in bringing swamp rock to the masses, and influenced scores of other swamp rock artists during the subsequent decades. With time, more people will understand how groundbreaking the individual members of Creedence Clearwater Revival were in creating a new subgenre. Swamp Rock was a major part of popular music when Creedence was making hit records. Creedence also enabled other artists like Tony Joe White to break through to the masses by following their Swamp Rock lead. Feel free to agree or disagree. Regardless, the individual members of Creedence Clearwater Revival have cemented their place in rock 'n roll history through their uncanny musicianship and artistic talents.