You'd be hard pressed to find a Texan or an Okie that'd disagree with me saying Cross Canadian Ragweed was the most influential band in the Texas/Red Dirt Scene over the past 10+ years.  And you'd certainly agree with me when I say Ragweed paved the way for bands in this scene with what some might say an "alternative" sort of sound.  You may not've realized this but Ragweed wasn't a country band... don't tell anyone... shhh.

In the 90's guys like Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Jason Boland and Robert Earl Keen were singing country music in Texas and Oklahoma and in my mind if it weren't for Ragweed the Texas/Red Dirt scene would likely have stayed just country, there'd be much less rock and blues --it would just be less colorful than the rainbow genre of music we now enjoy.

Don't get it twisted, I love the country aspect but I also love the fact that Johnny Cooper can release a song called 'Hot Mess' last week that sounds like a Justin Timberlake, Kanye West smashup with a blues riff hot mess and I get to play it on the radio.  These Boy's From Oklahoma truly broadened the scope of acceptable and made it ok for the eclectic sound we get to enjoy in this scene today.

But like all good things they never last --which often times only serves to usher their memory to legendary status as will be the case in this situation.  Ragweed is no more but Cody Canada is back with a new band 'The Departed' and I was honored to speak with him recently on Radio Texas Live.

The Departed's debut album 'This Is Indian Land' is out June 21 and Cody shared with us that the title came from a sticker Jason Boland gave him, check out the audio.

Their new single 'Ballad Of Rosalie' is burning up the Texas charts all ready Top 10 after just 4 weeks and we hit on that.