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Cross Canadian Ragweed is an American country music quartet. The band's name comes from three of the members' last names: Grady Cross, Cody Canada, and Randy Ragsdale. Jeremy Plato is the band's fourth member.

After forming in Yukon, Oklahoma, they moved to the college town of Stillwater, Oklahoma, where acts like Mike McClure's The Great Divide and singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave had established enough of a local scene to earn Stillwater the nickname "North Austin".[citation needed]

The group had already received significant college radio airplay before it released its first album, Carney in 1998. They soon released Live and Loud at the Wormy Dog Saloon in 1999 and Highway 377 in 2001, all on their own independent label Underground Sound.

With the release of a self-titled album also known as "the purple album" due to its cover color, which is a tribute to the band's "little sister" Mandi Ragsdale who had recently died in an auto accident[citation needed], the band moved into the mainstream eye. Their 2004 offering "Soul Gravy" debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts.

In October 2005, the band released their album Garage, which featured the single "Fightin' For."

The band released a double live CD and DVD on October 31, 2006, Back to Tulsa - Live and Loud at Cain's Ballroom

Cross Canadian Ragweed recorded Mission California, their sixth studio album, at the end of March 2007. They spent 25 days in the studio; the first 5 cutting 15 tracks, the next 20 polishing each. It was recorded in San Diego, California. Lee Ann Womack laid down background vocals on 4 of the tracks to include the Chris Knight cover "Cry Lonely." Mission California was released on October 2, 2007.

The band frequently plays with country music star Dierks Bentley and other stars of the Red Dirt music scene including Stoney LaRue, Micky & The Motorcars, Reckless Kelly, (brother-in-law) Wade Bowen, No Justice, Johnny Cooper and Brandon Rhyder. Bentley referenced the band in his song "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)", singing that "Ragweed's rockin' on the radio".

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