Cross Canadian Ragweed
The Bluebird, 216 N. Walnut St., Bloomington
Saturday, June 2, 9 p.m., $15
Cross Canadian Ragweed, a Southern foursome of 13 years, is made up of lead singer Cody Canada, rhythm guitarist Grady Cross, bassist Jeremy Plato and drummer Randy Ragsdale. All of the guys have known each other since kindergarten, but, as a band, they formed in high school playing tailgate parties. It started small in Oklahoma for Cross Canadian Ragweed and expanded. Now they play 250 or more shows a year around the states. Their next stop is in Bloomington.
The band’s latest album, “Back to Tulsa Live and Loud at Cain’s Ballroom,” offers songs picked out ahead of time by fans during two nights of sold-out concerts. It makes sense that these musicians have gained a solid fan base over the years and that they also beat out Willie Nelson’s attendance record at Lone Star Park in Texas. Nearly 25,000 tickets selling in just one night made this record happen for the foursome last year.
“It is an honor, but it wasn’t what everybody thought it would be to us,” Canada says. “We really wanted everybody to just shut up; it is cool, but come on, it’s Willie.” Cross Canadian Ragweed had the chance to play with Willie Nelson several times, but they have also performed with Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, Robert Earl Keen and Dierks Bentley, just to name a few.
When discussing their style of music, one can’t say it’s strictly country or rock, because a label can’t be put on their music. “We just do our own thing,” Canada says. “People need to stop worrying about labeling music and just listen to it.”
Canada says it best when he adds, “We’re just gonna keep on playin’ rock ’n’ roll.