"Mission California" (Universal South; 2007)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers


Red dirt is the genre here. I have no idea what that means, but I've lived in Oklahoma and I know what red dirt is: it's Native American soil, red to the sight and down-to-earth. Also, it doesn't wash off too easily. Texas Country is also what these guys play. You might be thinking I hit my head really hard or I've gone rogue and the boss got some payola to post this review. Not so. There are a few songs on this disc that flat out stomp. I'll list them below after the review.

The name of the band comes from combining three names of the band members, Grady Cross (guitar), Cody Canada (guitar, vocals), and Randy Ragsdale (drums). Pretty clever. These guys originated from Yukon, Oklahoma so they sing about Oklahoma life and the history surrounding it. There are some straight country songs on this disc but they have a Southern rock edge to them.

My draw is the guitar because it's got some real soul behind it. I'm always trying to expand my taste and when I hear a gitfiddle scream or cry I'm listening with more intent each time. If you want something a little different, but tasty enough to salt your music library, give Cross Canadian Ragweed a try. Would I ever steer you wrong?

Check these out: "Record Exec," "The Deal," "Smoke Another," and "I Believe."

The band: Grady Cross (guitar), Cody Canada (guitar, vocals), and Randy Ragsdale (drums), Jeremy Plato (bass).

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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