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Cross Canadian Ragweed comes home to debut new CD



There's a good reason one-third of Cross Canadian Ragweed's releases are live albums: It is first and foremost a live act.

Although lead singer and songwriter Cody Canada acknowledged the group's live albums are its best sellers because of the band's road reputation, the last two studio discs have crept up.

As the band prepares for the release of its new disc, "Mission California," what better way than to promote the record than with an Oklahoma City show, at a club they partially own, where the cost of the CD is also the price of admission?

Formed in Yukon in 1994 and fermented up in Stillwater, CCR is comprised of four guys who grew up together, and continuously collaborate with an ever-expanding family circle of fellow musicians. For the new album, however, things changed.

"We went to California to get away from everybody we knew," Canada said. "That's the meaning of the title. It was our mission to get away and make the record."

Canada and his compadres expect to go down in a storm at Friday's Wormy Dog Saloon show. Being co-owners of the joint makes it friendly territory, and it has a conducive vibe made all the more noticeable because of the social lubricants consumed in quantity there.

"You've gotta get there right at showtime," Canada said, speaking as a performer. "Otherwise, you might get too drunk too quickly." "Tory Troutman

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