Cross Canadian Ragweed, Back Porch Mary 

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Monday, Dec. 10, doors 7 p.m., $17, 21+

After keeping quiet for quite a while about various things happening in his life, Cody Canada decided it was time to break the silence the best way he knew how: by writing songs.

“There were some things in my life that had happened that I was tired of not talking about,” Canada admits. “The song ‘Dead Man’ for example: I have a sister who crossed my line and, I hate to say it, but I wrote her off. Without going into too much detail, there’s only so much a guy can take.”

Canada, frontman and chief songwriter of Cross Canadian Ragweed, points out that for him music has always been a “personal thing, a way to relate to other people.”

The band — Canada, rhythm guitarist Grady Cross, drummer Randy Ragsdale and bassist Jeremy Plato — had been connecting with an ever-growing number of fans across the country even before their debut album was released in 2002.

Cross Canadian Ragweed’s latest release mission california is a collection of country songs with a rock ’n’ roll attitude.

In the past, Cross Canadian Ragweed would record their records piecemeal, grabbing studio time between tour dates. With mission california, the band took a different approach: They set aside time to be in the studio to work on the record from start to finish.

“We had never been able to take time off to record an album before this one,” Canada says. “It was hard to go into a studio and stay focused with a show coming up. This time, we went to California, where nobody knew us, and where nobody would bother us. We rented a house just down the street from the studio, and went in every day until we were finished.”

It’s a method that Canada says the band plans to use from now on.

“When you go in the studio focused and in a good state of mind, you’re going to record something good.”

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