Alt-country shines in B-town 

Cross Canadian Ragweed
Bluebird, Bloomington
Tuesday, January 30, 9 p.m.

Are they country? Are they rock? Those burning questions arise when you listen to Cross Canadian Ragweed, whose sound definitely bridges the two musical genres.

The members of Cross Canadian Ragweed — lead singer Cody Canada, rhythm guitarist Grady Cross, drummer Randy Ragsdale and bassist Jeremy Plato — built up quite a fan base in Oklahoma and Texas before their “breakout” self-titled album was released in 2002.

Labeled an alt-country band, the foursome from the Red Dirt music scene of Oklahoma and north Texas seem to always be touring. With over 200 shows a year, Cross Canadian Ragweed has worked long and hard at honing their sound, which they play with the volume knobs of their amps turned way up. Last year, 24,000 fans showed up for the group’s show at Lone Star Park, a figure that surpassed Willie Nelson’s longstanding record.
Cross Canadian Ragweed’s latest release, “Back to Tulsa: Live and Loud at Cain’s Ballroom” (Universal Records South) is a collection of 24 songs recorded during two sold-out shows at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. Each song on the two-CD set was chosen ahead of time by the band’s fans, an indication of the loyalty that exists between them and the band.

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