Cover Photo: Underdog Multimedia
Cross Canadian Ragweed is at legendary status when it comes to bands/artists out of the Red Dirt scene. They shaped a lot of the way current artists play under that umbrella and brought a rock n’ roll taste to the country music of Oklahoma. Ragweed has been broken up since 2010, but in their time as a band, they have produced some of the best damn Red Dirt songs and albums that we’ve ever heard- one of those being 2004’s Soul Gravy. Former Ragweed lead singer and guitarist Cody Canada has officially put out Soul Gravy 2022 with help from his band, The Departed, and many others who helped make this happen.
Even after all these years, Canada has been unsatisfied with the ’04 album’s results. Most fans can recall that he thought the record was basically just rushed, making the end result something he wasn’t happy about. Well, after all these years, Canada has redeemed whatever was irking him about the original release and dropped the new version with a new sound, a new attitude, and a new goal- to do it his way.
Review-wise, there’s not much to critique here. The original album is a classic and the ’22 record is just as strong and solidifies the legacy of Soul Gravy. Canada received a lot of helping hands who helped him make this happen, which include the Randy Rogers Band, Mason Morris of Koe Wetzel’s band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Lee Ann Womack, Jon Ryan Snipes, Elle Gorman, Eric Hansen, plus Dierks and Willy Canada.
Give this album a listen and take some time to appreciate the fact that a Red Dirt icon like Cody Canada still takes each release seriously and wants it to be the best it can be, even a record that was released in ’04.