Cross Canadian Ragweed

Friday, June 13, at House of Blues.

Cross Canadian Ragweed southern rock Creedence Clearwater Revival

If this Oklahoma foursome isn't careful, it could become country music's Next Big Thing. These latter-day Creedence Clearwater Revival-style red-dirt rockers turn out tunes loaded with style and lyrical smarts. To hear a Ragweed song is to witness the execution of a musical tightrope act that most of its peers avoid. Lurking just beneath the surface of the radio-ready words, melodies, and harmonies is a kick-ass band ready to bust loose. The longtime juxtaposition of its underground-phenom status and major-label affiliation will eventually close the door on its cult-band standing. Frontman Cody Canada is largely responsible for the group's success. He mixes tight songs with an ample dose of attitude — which is well represented on the band's most recent album, Mission California. Cross Canadian Ragweed's dual nature carries over to one hell of a live show. So go see 'em while you still have a chance. It's quite possible that the next time they roll through town, they'll play a bigger venue.

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