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Cross Canadian Ragweed takes a break

Friday, May 21, 2010 – Cross Canadian Ragweed announced their decision to take a break from touring after maintaining a heavy touring schedule for many years.

The band - Grady Cross, Cody Canada, Randy Ragsdale and Jeremy Plato - played more than 220 dates a year for 13 of the last 15 years.

"Together they have made the decision that it is time to take a break," according to a press release.

Drummer Randy Ragsdale told the band know that he needed to be at home with his family, specifically his autistic son. "For many years my band has been my top priority. Being in a touring band you have to give it your all, give it 100 percent. Right now, I need to be at home for my family, particularly my son JC, who has autism. He's 10 years old now and still struggling in his development. I feel the only way I can help him, is to be more hands on and close to home. I would understand and support the band's decision to get another drummer and press on. But that's not what they wanted to do. I was blown away by their decision and their support."

"We've always said from the start, we're Ragweed as the four of us, or not Ragweed at all," said front man Canada.

"These guys, they're my brothers, I love playing with them," said Cross. "I'm sure we'll be back on the road soon."

"We've been at this for a long time, we've all had to spend time away from home missing birthdays, holidays...it'll be good for us to have a breather." added Plato.

The following dates will be completed for the remainder of 2010:

May 28 Riverfest-Little Rock, AR

29 Whitewater Amphitheater - New Braunfels, TX

30 Music and Mayhem Festival - Eufaula, OK

June 2-6 Japan - Armed Forces Entertainment Tour

June 13 Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN

June 18 Sangamon County Fair - New Berlin, IL

June 19 Iroquois Amphitheatre - Louisville, KY

June 25 Winstar Casino - Thackerville, OK

June 26 Austin County Fair - Bellville, TX

July 16 Dawson County Fair - Lexington, NE

July 17 TJ's Outdoors - Brownville, NE

Aug. 1 California Mid-State Fair - Paso Robles, CA

Sept. 3 Arkansas Music Pavilion - Fayetteville, AR

Sept. 11 Texas Gatorfest - Anahuac, TX

Sept. 24 Lucy Park - Wichita Falls, TX

Sept. 25 Western Day - Lewisville, TX

Oct. 16 Ziegfest - Yorktown, TX

Oct. 22 Diamond Jo Casino - Northwood, IA

Oct. 23 Mississippi Moon Bar - Dubuque, IA

Oct. 24 Joe's - Chicago

Fans with tickets to shows that have been cancelled may call venue ticket offices for refunds. "We apologize for the inconvenience and truly appreciate the understanding," the statement said.

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