Cross Canadian Ragweed was a rock band formed from 1994 to 2010. It comprised Cody Canada- the lead vocalist and guitarist, Grady Cross-the guitarist, Randy Ragsdale-the drummer, and Jeremy Plato-the bass guitarist. According to the Underdog Music, the band recorded and released five albums during their six-year career. Most have deep messages describing relationships, places, and other areas of interest. Here are their ten best songs from these albums.
10. “Lonely Girl” (Soul Gravy- 2004)
According to Top 50 Songs, “Lonely Girl” is the third single from Cross Canadian Ragweed’s second studio album, Soul Gravy. The album peaked at five on the US Billboard Top Country Albums and 51 on the US Billboard 200. The song describes a woman who seems lost in her world. She wishes her troubles would go away, but that seems impossible, considering she doesn’t seek help. It’s an awesome song to listen to when immersed in deep thoughts.
9. “Carney Man” (Carney- 1998)
Carney is a term used to describe a person engaging in monkey business. They intend to engage in a cash business without a refund. The band uses this term to portray a man who doesn’t seem to have a sense of direction. They open the song by saying, “I want a big red nose, I want floppy shoes/ I want a squirting flower squirt it on you.” They keep repeating “I’m a carney man” throughout the song, portraying the man in question as a confused fellow.
8. “17” (Cross Canadian Ragweed- 2002)
“17” is a song describing a person who’s constantly in trouble, going to the extent of brushing shoulders with the law. Cross Canadian Ragweed released this song for their self-titled album in 2002, warning fans about being on the law’s good side. They keep reminding people that they’ll always be seventeen in their hometown.
7. “Alabama” (Highway 377-2001)
Alabama is known for its beautiful gulf coast beaches and college football. It’s also home to peanuts and southern hospitality. We wouldn’t be surprised if a band like Cross Canadian Ragweed would come up with an inspirational track describing how massive they were during their prime years. To this day, this song is their country rock anthem in the Red Dirt World. The band regards Alabama as their sweet home, reminding folks of how they miss the sweet loving.
6. “Sick and Tired” feat. Lee Ann Womack (Soul Gravy- 2004)
“Sick and Tired” is another fantastic song by Cross Canadian Ragweed to remind you of the constant struggles you might face while navigating life. The band sings about home being where the heart is. They believe that no matter what you’re going through, burning bridges is never a good idea. After all, the more you alienate yourself from your loved ones, the more stressed you’re likely to feel. Sometimes, reaching out to them can be the only way to salvage yourself.
5. “Constantly” (Cross Canadian Ragweed- 2002)
“Constantly” is another awesome track from this band’s self-titled album, written by Cody Jay Canada. The song describes a person who cherishes his lover and can’t imagine a day without her. This symbiotic relationship makes the man appreciate his lover’s presence, even proclaiming that he’s nothing without her. It’s unclear who they were referring to, but we can imagine how great the lady in question is.
4. “Boys from Oklahoma” (Live & Loud at The Wormy Dog Saloon- 1999)
“Boys from Oklahoma” is the ninth track that received significant radio airplay before the band released their Live & Loud at the Wormy Dog Saloon album. Initially, music analysts considered this song farfetched. However, the fan base’s passion and loyalty enabled the band to release their first album successfully. This album was well received, particularly in the local scene.
3. “Fightin’ For” (Garage- 2005)
“Fightin’ For” describes a tug-of-war kind of relationship. The narrator seems lost because his lover thinks she’s won the war. However, he constantly reminds her that she may have won this fight, but her triumphing spirit won’t last long. Unless you’ve never been in a relationship that seems to lose direction, you might never understand what Cross Canadian Ragweed was referring to. The band released this song five years before calling it quits. The song featured in their Garage album charted higher than any studio album they ever released. For the first time, they broke into rock radio airplay across the country thanks to their song, “Dimebag.” They sang it as a tribute to their former guitarist, Darell Abbott, who died months earlier during a concert.
2. “Brooklyn Kid” (Cross Canadian Ragweed- 2002)
“Brooklyn Kid” is the third track on the band’s self-titled debut album. The group dedicated this album to Mandy Ragsdale, Randy Ragsdale’s younger sister. She died in a car accident near College Station, Texas. Going by William Ruhlmann of AllMusic’s sentiments, the band forged a characteristic style within the conventional genre through years of playing. Unsurprisingly, the album performed moderately well commercially, peaking at 70 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums and Billboard Top Heatseekers.
1. “Anywhere but Here” (Cross Canadian Ragweed-2002)
“Anywhere but Here” was released when Cross Canadian Ragweed was at the forefront of the rise of the red dirt music scene in Oklahoma and the Texas Music scene. During the song’s release, they had signed with Universal South Record, labeling their self-titled album as “The Purple Album.” As mentioned earlier, this album was a tribute to drummer Randy Ragsdale’s younger sister, Mandy Ragsdale. The band was disheartened by her demise, prompting them to dedicate all songs on this album to honor the wonderful moments they shared with her. It’s unclear why the band was disbanded, but their music lives on.
Sadly, Cross Canadian Ragweed disappeared on the face of the earth, despite releasing fantastic songs during the six years they graced the music scene. Most of their songs described various life aspects like relationships, places, and other areas of interest, proving their talent. Will they reunite to release fantastic songs in the coming years? You never know, as time will tell.