Looks like the end of the road for the Red Dirt Roundup and Family Jam.
Cross Canadian Ragweed’s big outdoor bash is held each September in the Stockyards and has drawn huge crowds and stellar lineups. This would have marked its fifth anniversary.
CCR says it is giving up its road warrior status and canceling most of its upcoming shows.
Band drummer Randy Ragsdale wants to stay at home. The other three band members – Grady Cross, Cody Canada, and Jeremy Plato — decided they’d take a break too, catch some family time, and cancel their tour dates.
“For many years my band has been my top priority,” Ragsdale said. “Right now, I need to be at home for my family, particularly my son JC, who has autism. He’s 10 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,” front man Canada said.
“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,” Plato said.