David Ragsdale

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David Ragsdale
Kansas, David Ragsdale.jpg
Ragsdale in 2008, by Randy Idleman.
Background information
Born (1958-04-03) April 3, 1958 (age 58)
Georgia, United States
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin, guitar
Associated acts Kansas, Native Window

David Lasater 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 studies with classical teachers and a stint at 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. His solo CD, "David & Goliath," originally released late in 1997, has been reissued as of November 2006.



  • David and Goliath - (Renaissance Records, 1997)

with Kansas[edit]



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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  3. ^ United States Copyright Catalog

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