18 Songs, 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Similar to California’s Mother Hips, this Stillwater, Oklahoma quartet has garnered an army of dedicated fans the old fashioned way: incessant recording and touring. Happiness and All the Other Things is their tenth album and boasts 17 red-dirt country songs. The roots-rocking “51 Pieces,” opens with a slow-burning Americana romp that grooves hard on a grinding Hammond organ, Cody Canada’s whiskey-steeped rasp and twangy guitars blasting out from vintage tube-burning amps. “Blue Bonnets” gets mellow with a Dobro sliding over bass and acoustic guitar as Canada’s weathered drawl sings idyllic lyrics of pastoral romance. “Kick In the Head” is a standout twang-rocker that sounds like Steve Earle unearthing a lost Eagles tune. Live tracks include a stellar cover of Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground” and Kevin Welch’s “Train to Birmingham.” Not only is Happiness and All the Other Things a perfect way to celebrate the band’s 15 year anniversary — it’s a damn good album from start to finish.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Similar to California’s Mother Hips, this Stillwater, Oklahoma quartet has garnered an army of dedicated fans the old fashioned way: incessant recording and touring. Happiness and All the Other Things is their tenth album and boasts 17 red-dirt country songs. The roots-rocking “51 Pieces,” opens with a slow-burning Americana romp that grooves hard on a grinding Hammond organ, Cody Canada’s whiskey-steeped rasp and twangy guitars blasting out from vintage tube-burning amps. “Blue Bonnets” gets mellow with a Dobro sliding over bass and acoustic guitar as Canada’s weathered drawl sings idyllic lyrics of pastoral romance. “Kick In the Head” is a standout twang-rocker that sounds like Steve Earle unearthing a lost Eagles tune. Live tracks include a stellar cover of Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground” and Kevin Welch’s “Train to Birmingham.” Not only is Happiness and All the Other Things a perfect way to celebrate the band’s 15 year anniversary — it’s a damn good album from start to finish.

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About Cross Canadian Ragweed

Cross Canadian Ragweed established themselves as a relentless touring band throughout the Texas/Oklahoma area and then broadened their reach, nationally releasing several albums of rabble-rousing alt-country. Formed in 1994 in Stillwater, OK, the band took its name from those of its members: frontman and lead guitarist Cody Canada, drummer Randy Ragsdale, rhythm guitarist Grady Cross, and bassist Jeremy Plato. Though the band toured heavily from its inception, establishing a particularly strong fan base in Texas, it didn't release its first album until 2001 when Underground Sound released Highway 377. Two more releases for the label followed, Live and Loud at the Wormy Dog (2001) and Carney (2002), before the band moved to Smith Music Group for Live and Loud at Billy Bob's Texas (2002). In 2004 the group signed to Universal South and released Soul Gravy, followed by Garage in October of 2005. The band released the double live CD/DVD Back to Tulsa: Live and Loud at Cain's Ballroom in 2006, followed by its sixth studio album, Mission California, in 2007. Happiness and All the Other Things, which was dedicated to Willie Nelson's late stage manager Randall "Poodie" Locke, arrived in 2009. ~ Jason Birchmeier

ORIGIN
Stillwater, OK
GENRE
Country
FORMED
1994

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