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Ragsdale in 2008, by Randy Idleman.
|Born||April 3, 1958|
Georgia, United States
|Genres||Rock, progressive rock|
|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.
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.
- David and Goliath - (Renaissance Records, 1997)
- Live at the Whisky - (1992)
- The Kansas Boxed Set - (1994) on the new track "Wheels"
- Freaks of Nature - (1995)
- There's Know Place Like Home - (2009)
- The Prelude Implicit - (2016)
- Kerry Livgren and Corps de Pneuma: When Things Get Electric - (1995)
- Queensrÿche: Hear in the Now Frontier - (1997) (on "Sign of the Times")
- Salem Hill: The Robbery of Murder (1998)
- Man on Fire: Habitat - (2013) (on "Mr. Lie")
- John Elefante: On My Way to the Sun - (2013) (on "This Is How the Story Goes")
- Glass Hammer: Ode to Echo (2014)
- Spock's Beard: The Oblivion Particle (2015)
- "David Ragsdale Biography on Yahoo! Music". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-05.[permanent dead link]
- "David Ragsdale: Music Biography
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