Cross Canadian Ragweed returns Friday night to the Taylor County Expo Center for the second annual Taylor County Throwdown. This year, the band will perform with special guest Reckless Kelly.
In its biography, the band describes itself as a “rock ‘n’ roll” band.
AllMusic, a popular consumer guide to music, says, “They may be the last great Southern rock band still stomping the boards.”
Regardless of opinion, Cross Canadian Ragweed brings a crowd.
Pro Show LIVE, the Austin-based production company coordinating Throwdown 2009, expects a turnout similar to that at last year’s concert. Greg Henry, owner of Pro Show LIVE, estimates attendance of around 4,000.
“Abilene has been a proven market for them,” Henry said.
Natalie Friend, junior nutrition and health major from Tulsa, said that Cross Canadian Ragweed has a high-energy country sound that she enjoys. Friend attended last year’s concert and hopes to return for this year’s performance.
“They are a good-name band to come to a small West Texas town,” said
Friend. Â “They get college students excited and their lyrics are relatable.”
The lyrics are largely the work of singer/songwriter and lead guitarist Cody Canada, the band’s front man. He and three lifelong friends make up Cross Canadian Ragweed, a name created using the last names of the band members. Although the foursome is popular in its own right, the foursome is known to play with notable artists, such as country music star Dierks Bentley.
Cross Canadian Ragweed’s performance will coincide with the debut of their newest album, “Happiness and All Other Things,” which will be officially released September 1st. Â Tickets can be purchased online at www.proshowLIVE.com as well as at the Taylor County Expo Box Office and at Cavendar’s Boot City in Abilene; and are 20 dollars in advance.
Doors open at seven p.m.