Soul Gravy

Soul Gravy

by Cross Canadian Ragweed


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Soul Gravy

Cross Canadian Ragweed doesn't need to take a lot of risks on Soul Gravy, keeping their stellar rep as a crack touring/bar band in mind and sticking close to their Southern rock and Texas singer/songwriter influences. Mike McClure is a sure hand behind the board -- Cody Canada's engaging regular guy delivery is never lacquered in studio syrup, and his electric guitar leads always crackle with life. The understated sonics of "Lonely Girl" are of a piece with "Sick and Tired," which features Lee Ann Womack on harmony vocals; both songs just seem like a loud band turning down its amps and switching over to the clean channel for a minute. Naturally, "Hammer Down" is that loud band, driven forward by a care-to-the-wind story line and some ripping guitar work, as is the bottle-smashing racket of "Wanna Rock & Roll," which CCR (?) wants you to know was written by Ray Wylie Hubbard. The little acoustic gem "Flowers" serves as a sort of set break, but it also features one of Canada's best couplets in the line "You bring me up/I bring you down/I bring you flowers/It brings you around." Other standouts include the dobro-flecked honky tonk of "Down," as well as a new, more powerfully recorded version of "Alabama," which unapologetically crosses Southern rock sensibilities with crunchy arena rock chording. Soul Gravy isn't much for pacing, but the songwriting and playing is uniformly solid, whether the boys are pulling at your heart strings ("Pay") or riffing on Texas' musical traditions ("Cold Hearted Woman"; the blues-tinged "Too Far Gone"). Overall it's a fun ride, both for longtime fans and the new ones Universal South's promotional push should make them. [Initial helpings of Gravy included a raucous DVD of a concert in College Station, TX.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2004
Label: Universal South
UPC: 0602498616048
catalogNumber: 000188802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cross Canadian Ragweed   Primary Artist
Lee Ann Womack   Vocal Harmony
Cody Canada   Guitar,Vocals
Randy Ragsdale   Percussion,Drums
Grady Cross   Rhythm Guitar
Jeremy Plato   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Steve Palousek   Dobro

Technical Credits

Ray Wylie Hubbard   Composer
Butch Adams   Inlay Photography
Randy Rogers   Composer
Mike McClure   Composer,Producer
Cross Canadian Ragweed   Producer
Bleu Edmondson   Composer
Cody Canada   Composer
Steve Palousek   Engineer
Stoney LaRue   Composer

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Soul Gravy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought the cd. It's a mix of Rock and Country. They are awesome. The song Sick and tired is accompanied by Lee Ann Womack. Good lyrics good band. It's for people who like all genres. You dont have to like country to listen to Cross Canadian Ragweed!!!