David Ragsdale

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David Ragsdale
Ragsdale in 2008
Ragsdale in 2008
Background information
Born (1958-04-03) April 3, 1958 (age 62)
Georgia, United States
OriginAtlanta, Georgia
GenresRock, progressive rock
InstrumentsViolin, guitar
Associated actsKansas, Native Window

David Ragsdale, (born April 3, 1958) has been the violinist for Kansas from 1991 to 1997 and from 2006 to the present. He started violin at the age of three. After years of studies with classical teachers, a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and four years with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Ragsdale's violinist duties took him out of the largely classical area and into rock and roll.[1][2][3]

As a songwriter, his work with Kansas includes co-writing "I Can Fly," "Black Fathom 4," "Under the Knife," "Freaks of Nature," "With This Heart," "The Unsung Heroes," "Refugee," "Summer," and "Crowded Isolation."

Through the years he has performed and recorded with most notably Louise Mandrell, The Smashing Pumpkins, Jason Bonham, and Queensrÿche among others, including Kansas, with whom he is now touring. In addition to violin, Ragsdale also plays a Steinberger electric guitar on several songs throughout the set. His solo CD, "David & Goliath," originally released late in 1997, has been reissued as of November 2006.[4]



  • David and Goliath - (Renaissance Records, 1997)

With Kansas[edit]



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-04-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ United States Copyright Catalog Texts with David Ragsdale, May 15, 2019, correcting "stint" to "4 years" with Tulsa Philharmonic, and added information regarding his B.A. in Music
  4. ^ "Photos: Kansas "carries on" in B-N". pantagraph.com. Retrieved 2018-04-23.

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