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Cross Canadian Ragweed

Back to Tulsa: Live & Loud at Cain's Ballroom – 2006 (Universal South)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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Cross Canadian Ragweed's third live release was recorded in Tulsa on July 14-15 and features mostly songs from their studio albums, with a few well chosen covers.

The majority of the tracks are hard country rockers. Vocalist and primary songwriter Cody Canada shows his lead guitar chops on "Final Curtain," "When It All Goes Down" and "Blues For You." Bassist Jeremy Plato shines on "Don't Need You" and "Anywhere But Here."

There's also a nice acoustic set, kicked off by drummer Randy Ragsdale stepping out front on acoustic guitar and singing his composition "Daddy's At Home." Canada performs the sole new song of the collection "When Will It End," an anti-war tune after which Canada proclaims "bring 'em home," as well as a faithful rendition of Neil Young's "The Needle And The Damage Done."

Other impressive covers on the two-disc set are Todd Snider's "Late Last Night," Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Wanna Rock And Roll" and Robert Earl Keen's "Lonely Feelings."

As with "Live And Loud At The Wormy Dog Saloon (2001)" and "Live And Loud At Billy Bob's Texas (2002)" this effort showcases one of alt.-country's best live acts.