Chuck Ragan‘s voice has been in my head for years, probably at least a decade at this point. For others, it has been even longer. Ragan, who over the last handful of years, has released some excellent Americana-flavored solo albums, like 2014’s Till Midnight, is also the singer for stalwart Gainesville, FL punks Hot Water Music. It’s funny to think that someone you don’t know and that you might never meet has been a significant part of your life. Perhaps that’s why we’re drawn to live appearances, meet-and-greets, and other opportunities to connect with artists; these people have affected us tremendously, so there is this gravity pulling us towards them. All accounts I’ve ever heard about Chuck Ragan is that he’s the most down-to-earth guy, a total sweetheart, and a gracious, enthusiastic performer. When we had Chuck in to the WXPN Studio to perform for Folkadelphia, we found that these accounts were 100% true.
Ragan’s solo output has given him the chance to explore the twangier side of life. There’s a lot more acoustic guitar, fiddle, and pedal steel guitar than amps cranked to max. The power and potency isn’t dialed back though – Ragan’s weather-beaten voice still commands your undivided attention. As 2014 ended, Ragan popped into our studio, guitar in hand, and showed us exactly the kind of performer he is – one that has a lot to say and who will say it loud. I look forward to many more years of having his voice, words, and music running through my head.