Cross Canadian Ragweed
|Cross Canadian Ragweed|
|Origin||Yukon, Oklahoma, USA|
|Genres||Americana, Red Dirt, Texas Country, Southern rock|
|Labels||Smith Music Group, Universal South|
|Associated acts||Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue, Lee Ann Womack, Doug Moreland, Mike McClure Band, No Justice, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Seth James.|
Cross Canadian Ragweed was an American Red Dirt/Americana/alternative rock/Texas Country/Southern rock band. The name of the band came from the combination of the original band members' names, Grady Cross (guitar), Cody Canada (guitar, vocals), and Randy Ragsdale (drums), and Matt Wiedmann. Jeremy Plato's (bass) name was not involved in the band naming. The band was popular for its distinct sound that did not have a specific genre. Asleep at the Wheel's former frontman Ray Benson said in a 2010 Episode of The Texas Music Scene, "They (Ragweed) have proudly carried the Oklahoma Red Dirt banner for going on 15 years now, but make no mistake about it, these guys are a rock band."
- 1 Beginnings
- 2 Early Years, Carney, and Highway 377
- 3 Cross Canadian Ragweed and Live and Loud at Billy Bob's Texas
- 4 Soul Gravy and Garage
- 5 Mission California
- 6 Happiness and All the Other Things
- 7 Hiatus and Band Break-Up
- 8 Post Break-Up
- 9 Notable appearances
- 10 Discography
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Although the initials of the band are the same as Creedence Clearwater Revival, that is a mere coincidence. The name actually is a combination of the names of founding members Grady Cross, Cody Canada, Randy Ragsdale and Matt Wiedemann.
After forming in Yukon, Oklahoma, they moved to the college town of Stillwater, Oklahoma, where acts like Mike McClure's The Great Divide and singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave had established enough of a local scene to earn Stillwater the nickname North Austin.
Early Years, Carney, and Highway 377
The group had already received significant college radio airplay before it released its first album, Carney in 1998 on their own independent label. Initially, selling a band called Cross Canadian Ragweed was far-fetched; however, the fan base's passion and loyalty to the band allowed them to find success in releasing that first album. They soon released Live and Loud at the Wormy Dog Saloon in 1999 and Highway 377 in 2001, all on their own independent label Underground Sound. Live and Loud was received well, and The Highway 377 song "Long Way Home" was featured on several Dodge truck commercials in Texas and Oklahoma.
Cross Canadian Ragweed and Live and Loud at Billy Bob's Texas
In 2002 Ragweed recorded the highly popular live album "Live and Loud at Billy Bob's Texas" in Fort Worth, Texas. The songs were mainly live versions of songs off of Carney and Highway 377. The group then released a self-titled album also known as "the Purple Album" due to its cover color, which is a tribute to the band's "little sister" "Mandy Ragsdale". Mandy, the younger sister of Randy Ragsdale, who had recently died in an auto accident near College Station, Texas. The album produced the singles "Anywhere But Here", "17", and the hard rocking track "Don't Need You."
Soul Gravy and Garage
Their 2004 album, Soul Gravy, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts. Lee Ann Womack provided background vocals on the single "Sick and Tired". In October 2005, the band released Garage featuring the single "Fightin' For," which became their first top 40 hit on the alternative country charts, debuting at an impressive No. 45 and reaching No. 39, as well as "Dimebag," a tribute to former Damageplan and Pantera frontman Darrell Abbott. The band released a double live CD and DVD on October 31, 2006, Back to Tulsa - Live and Loud at Cain's Ballroom.
Cross Canadian Ragweed recorded Mission California, their sixth studio album, at the end of March 2007. The namesake of the album was due to the recording taking place in San Diego, California. The band spent 25 days in the studio; the first 5 cutting 15 tracks, the next 20 polishing each. Lee Ann Womack once again laid down background vocals on 4 of the tracks to include the Chris Knight cover "Cry Lonely." Mission California was released on October 2, 2007. AllMusic reviewed the Album and found that the project was "name appropriately, the band sounds much more a progressive West Coast sound in many of the tracks and less rural rock."
Happiness and All the Other Things
Ragweed's tenth album, Happiness and All the Other Things was released on August 31, 2009, commemorating the band's 15th Anniversary. It featured 12 new studio tracks and three live tracks. Recorded in California, this album includes a track entitled "51 Pieces", which Canada penned with Mickey Braun. The song was based on an incident where Ohio State police ransacked the band's bus after a stop in Cleveland at the House of Blues. It also featured "Blue Bonnets" which is dedicated to Cody's oldest son Dierks. Happiness and All the Other Things was officially dedicated to the late Randall Locke (Willie Nelson's long-time stage manager) who suddenly passed away on May 6, 2009. Other popular tracks were "To Find my Love", and "Kick In The Head."
Hiatus and Band Break-Up
In May 2010, Cross Canadian Ragweed announced a hiatus from touring. In a band press release, Ragsdale explained, "Right now, I need to be at home for my family, particularly my son JC, who has autism. He's 10 years old now and still struggling in his development. I feel the only way I can help him is to be more hands on and close to home." Despite Ragsdale wanting to "get another drummer and press on," Canada stated "We’ve always said from the start, we’re Ragweed as the four of us, or not Ragweed at all."  In September 2010, Canada officially announced the band was calling it quits by announcing their "Last Call Show" in October, 2010 at Joe's Bar in Chicago, IL, stating "as far as that’s concerned, Oct 24 is the last one, the last gig."
Since Cross Canadian Ragweed, Canada and Plato formed The Departed with fellow Yukon-native Dave Bowen (drums), Seth James (guitar), and Steve Littleton (keyboards), releasing their debut album "This Is Indian Land" in June, 2011. Ragsdale and Cross both returned to Yukon and Ragsdale tours with Stoney Larue as of December 2011. Cross purchased and operates the bar that was the very first venue Cross Canadian Ragweed performed in 1994.
The band frequently played with country music star Dierks Bentley and other stars of the Red Dirt scene including Stoney Larue, Micky & The Motorcars, Reckless Kelly, (Canada's brother-in-law) Wade Bowen, No Justice, Johnny Cooper, Seth James, and Brandon Rhyder. Bentley referenced the band in his song "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)", singing that "Ragweed's rockin' on the radio".
"Cry Lonely" is a playable track in Rock Band Country Track Pack.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart
|Cross Canadian Ragweed||
|Happiness and All the Other Things||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Live and Loud at the Wormy Dog Saloon||
|Live and Loud at Billy Bob's Texas||
|Back to Tulsa - Live and Loud at Cain's Ballroom||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2002||"17"||57||Cross Canadian Ragweed|
|2004||"Sick and Tired"||46||Soul Gravy|
|2006||"This Time Around"||43|
|"Late Last Night"||—|
|2007||"I Believe You"||—||Mission California|
|2009||"Kick in the Head"||—||Happiness and All the Other Things|
|"To Find My Love"||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2001||"Look at Me"||Darren Cameron|
|2002||"Don't Need You"||Roger Pistole|
|2004||"Sick and Tired" (with Lee Ann Womack)||Eric Welch|
|2005||"Fightin' For"||Trey Fanjoy|
|2006||"Late Last Night"||Rob Dennis|
|2008||"I Believe You"|
- "Band Name Stories: Cross Canadian Ragweed".
- "North Austin".
- "Cross Canadian Ragweed cancels Oklahoma City Family Jam".
- "Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman's career evolves".
- "Cody Canada & The Departed digging into red dirt roots with debut album, "This Is Indian Land"".
- "Local musician puts family first with new business".
- "Former Cross Canadian Ragweed rocker returns to his roots with opening of Yukon pub".
- Leaves of Grass (2009) Soundtrack Listing
- "Cross Canadian Ragweed Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- "Cross Canadian Ragweed Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- "Cross Canadian Ragweed : Allmusic : Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- "Cross Canadian Ragweed Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 18, 2011.