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Cross Canadian Ragweed


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Yukon OK, United States

The members of Cross Canadian Ragweed — Grady Cross, Cody Canada, Randy Ragsdale and Jeremy Plato — have known each other pretty much since kindergarten in the band’s hometown of Yukon, Oklahoma. They all wanted to get out, and music seemed like a good escape. When they all had graduated (except for Ragsdale, the youngest member), they started jamming at a party, and Cross Canadian Ragweed was born. Yukon as a rule wasn’t a very musician-friendly town, but they had one notable local squarely in their corner: Ragsdale’s father Johnny.

“My dad was a guitar player. He played with Bob Wills and a little bit with Reba McEntire when she was first starting out,” says Ragsdale. “He really didn’t want me to be a drummer but I insisted. I found a set of drums in a neighbor’s trash one day and hauled them into the cellar. He kind of figured out after about a year that I was serious and finally got me a new drum set. And when he met Cody, he realized his talent and how seriously we wanted to take music, and he really pushed us. He completely drove us up the wall, but later down the road, we realized he did it for a good reason.”

Once the band got its chops they moved to Stillwater, Okla., where acts like Mike McClure’s Great Divide and singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave had established enough of a local scene to earn Stillwater the nickname “North Austin” (or, depending on your perspective, “West Nashville”). Inspired by McClure’s self-penned Great Divide songs (and more than a little by early Steve Earle), the band quickly grew out of its Merle Haggard and classic rock covers and began focusing on Canada’s uncommonly honest and straight-forward originals.


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  • alainchaumont


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  • CDPETE01

    a nice sounding bunch of young men

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tyz4fun

    Glad my buddy that moved to Texas turned me onto this... great music punches Nashville in the face with a big ole bloody nose

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • ZombiePsyche

    Why did I wait so long to listen to them! DAMN good. Might be my favorite Country artist now.

    23 Feb 2011 Reply
  • ilanp47

    Great band.

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
  • battaway

    always be preparred to "PAY" speaks volumes.wish I could hear it live at riverfest in ark.but we will be playing opposite you guys on a diff.stage. thanks for all your music it's a breathe of fresh air in a stale comercial music world.Bo Attaway"The Hippie Holler Band"

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • joncampbell1989

    Check out this video of Ryan Bingham playing "The Weary Kind" From the Crazy Heart Soundtrack!

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
  • travelin_man

    "burn like the sun" is a wonderful song. like reckless kelly.

    15 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ccr_2108

    The albums may be hard to come by at stores like best buy or walmart in your area, but check out their website and also for a lot of texas country releases.

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • DyinggTahLive

    love "late last night" on the back to tulsa album. cody told that guy offff. ♥

    6 Aug 2009 Reply
  • MiseryFriction

    This is pretty much the only country I like...and I absolutely love this band

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • WLDB

    Yeah it is hard to find their albums in stores. I ordered most of the ones I have online. I discovered these guys when I was 17, how appropriate.

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
  • jevousverrai

    albums are so hard to come by. I only have Soul Gravy

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • nepu_1


    18 Mar 2009 Reply
  • sallyfreebird

    Great Song....Love it!!!

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • asphaltcigar

    Boys From OK. good song an it's true, I would know.

    8 Oct 2008 Reply
  • jwiley05

    You see this picture kids? I got to drink with Cody Canada :D

    5 Oct 2008 Reply
  • bossfire

    great song, i like

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • varagweedgal

    I think Lighthouse Keeper might be my favorite, but I love 'em all!

    6 Aug 2008 Reply
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