Chuck Ragan (Of Hot Water Music) W/ Guests

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Simply put, they don’t make musicians like Chuck Ragan anymore. For nearly two decades Ragan has traversed the country and the world—first with his celebrated punk act Hot Water Music and later as a solo troubadour—to bring his music to the masses. Correspondingly Ragan’s third solo album Covering Ground is as much of a love letter to his transient lifestyle as it as a concession to the loved ones he often has to leave behind and is also undeniably his most honest and accomplished album to date. 

Featuring longtime collaborator/fiddle player Jon Gaunt and bassist Joe Ginsberg in addition to guest appearances from the Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon, Blind Melon’s Chris Thorn, Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Chris Phillips, Frank Turner and Audra Mae, Covering Ground is the sonic equivalent to Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and could only be created by someone who requires a release like this in order to stay sane. “The majority of these songs were written on the road,” Ragan explains. “We’ve been running hard and burning the candle at both ends for the past few years which has been amazing in many ways, but you end up making a massive amount of sacrifices to sustain that type of lifestyle.”

Despite the fact that Ragan is working with instrumentation that has existed for hundreds of years, Covering Ground is also a remarkably diverse-sounding album and showcases the range Ragan is now able to attain with his whiskey-soaked pipes. In fact from the impassioned hymns such as “Meet You In The Middle” to gospel-inflected numbers like “Right As Rain” and instantly recognizable tunes like “Nothing Left To Prove,” all of which prove how much Ragan’s arrangements have grown since his first two releases. “Making this music is our passion but at the same time it’s our livelihood,” Ragan says. “It’s easy to get jaded on the road; the struggle is trying to find that balance between work and passion.” 

Speaking of the road, since Gold Country Ragan has toured with everyone from Social Distortion to the Gaslight Anthem in addition to his own headlining shows and his appearances on the Revival Tour, a traveling road show that he started in 2008. “The tours we’ve done over the past few years have been incredible because we’ve played for a wide range of folks who wouldn’t normally have any idea that we’re around and that’s a huge opportunity,” Ragan explains. “I feel like if people spend their time, money and energy to give us the time of day then we’re going to give them everything we’ve got every night.” 
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