By SEAN DALY
Times Pop Music Critic
Who's the greatest American rock band? Aerosmith? Metallica? Pearl Jam? Journey?
No, the correct answer is Creedence Clearwater Revival, led by howlin' wild child John Fogerty, one of the greatest frontmen of any nationality.
So although this year's Ribfest at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg is kind of lacking buzz, they do have Fogerty as their Friday headliner, and that's a darned good accompaniment to all those smoky bones and saucy fingers.
Born with that beautifully damaged bayou wail (even though he's from Berkeley, Calif.), Fogerty sounds as "good" now as he did then. Even though he's 66, he can still put chooglin' goodness into Bad Moon Rising and Proud Mary. His set starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Saturday's top name on Ribfest's main stage is Mr. Roboto prog-poppers Styx, now led by flaxen-haired guitar slinger Tommy Shaw (8:30 p.m.). Sunday closes with Nashville leviathan Trace Adkins (6 p.m.).
If you're looking for a new act to discover, the JaneDear Girls play at 3:30 Sunday right before Mr. Honky Tonk Badonkadonk. They're sexy, they're sassy, they're country meets Cosmo.
Sean Daly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at tampabay.com/blogs/poplife.