Suzi Ragsdale
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Suzi Ragsdale

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE | AFM

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE | AFM
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"Wall St. Journal"

She sings with Rodney Crowell on one track on this two-EP CD collection, has been in the bands of Guy Clark and Darrell Scott, and is, incidentally, the daughter of Nashville's Ray Stevens, of "The Streak" and "Everything is Beautiful" fame. Ms. Ragsdale's bluesy vocals work a territory that overlaps folk-rock, pop and laid-back jazz; the instrumentation includes horns, synthesizers and Hammond organ, as well as electric guitars and banjo, and she writes original songs at home in the often lush arrangements. - BARRY MAZOR


"Muzik Reviews"

The music on Best Regards and Less of the Same is almost perfect for what it is. It's well-made and folksy, but it has a certain country style to it that can only come from living in Nashville, which many artists try and fail to duplicate. The tracks are produced professionally and stylistically and they hone in on Ragsdale's voice and range, showing off her lyrics but managing to showcase the music behind the words, as well. The music is as honest and upfront as Ragsdale is - you can tell that the musicians involved with her are in the studio with her for the same reasons she is - to share what they love.

Suzi Ragsdale is clearly on her way. "My destination's off the chart/neither here nor there/it's all up in the air", she says on "Best Regards". She's right - with an album full of delicate honesty and homey advice, she's definitely going nowhere but up.
- Abbey K. Davis


"acousticmusic.com"

Trust me, as someone who's done his damnedest to find merit in such past female voices as Melissa Manchester, Martha Velez, Rita Coolidge, Nicolette Larson, and others, I've too often come away at best half fulfilled, curious as to what I might've been missing. Well, nothing had really passed by; the ladies were just too formulaic, standard, impersonal, whereas Ragsdale presents a more vibrant light, often Randy Newmanish, a centered Paul Williams, much more a Lucinda Williams / Indigo Girls / Dixie Chicks than Helen Reddy or Anne Murray (who has recorded Ragsdale's work). - Mark S. Tucker


Discography

DISCOGRAPHY

Suzi Ragsdale, "Future Past", Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Accordion

Verlon Thompson & Suzi Ragsdale, "Anything Goes", Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Piano

Verlon Thompson & Suzi Ragsdale, "Out Of Our Hands", Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Piano

Verlon Thompson, "Out At The Barn”, Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Accordion

Verlon Thompson, “Verlon Thompson”, Vocals, Harmony Vocals

Guy Clark, “Boats to Build”, Vocals, Harmony Vocals

Guy Clark, “Dublin Blues”, Harmony Vocals

Guy Clark, “Keepers”, Harmony Vocals, Accordion

Guy Clark, “Best of the Sugar Hill Years”, Harmony Vocals, Accordion

Darrell Scott, “Aloha from Nashville”, Harmony Vocals

Darrell Scott, “Family Tree”, Harmony Vocals

Darrell Scott, “Theatre of the Unheard”, Harmony Vocals

Darrell Scott, “The Invisible Man”, Harmony Vocals

Darrell Scott, "Modern Hymns", Harmony Vocals

Wayne Scott, “This Weary Way”, Harmony Vocals

Pam Tillis, “Sweetheart's Dance”, Harmony Vocals

Pam Tillis, “All of This Love”, Harmony Vocals

Pam Tillis, “Greatest Hits”, Harmony Vocals

Pam Tillis, “Every Time”, Harmony Vocals

Pam Tillis, “RCA Country Legends”, Harmony Vocals

Suzy Bogguss, “Something Up My Sleeve”, Harmony Vocals

Randy Travis, “This Is Me”, Harmony Vocals

Randy Travis, “Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology”, Harmony Vocals

Randy Travis, “Very Best of Randy Travis”, Harmony Vocals

Ian Tyson, “Eighteen Inches of Rain”, Harmony Vocals

Ian Tyson, “All the Good 'uns”, Harmony Vocals

Tom Paxton, “Wearing the Time”, Harmony Vocals

Tom Paxton, “Comedians & Angels”, Harmony Vocals

David Ball, “Thinkin' Problem”, Harmony Vocals

Joy Lynn White, “Between Midnight & Hindsight”, Harmony Vocals

Joy Lynn White, “Wild Love” Harmony Vocals

Joy Lynn White, “Lucky Few”, Harmony Vocals

Joy Lynn White, “One More Time”, Vocal Group Member, Harmony Vocals

Johnsmith, “Break Me Open”, Harmony Vocals, Accordion

Jellyroll Johnson, “Jelly Roll Johnson and a Few Close Friends”, Vocals, Harmony Vocals

Ray Stevens, “Me”, Vocals

Tall Paul, “Voodoo Doll”, Accordion

Hank Williams, Jr., “Maverick”, Harmony Vocals

Confederate Railroad, “Confederate Railroad”, Harmony Vocals

Confederate Railroad, “Greatest Hits (Atlantic)”, Harmony Vocals

Confederate Railroad, “Notorious” Harmony Vocals

Confederate Railroad, “Rockin' Country Party Pack”, Harmony Vocals

Jenn Adams, “In the Pool”, Harmony Vocals

Clay Greenberg, “Tumbleweed” Accordion

Mike Gouchie, “Bad Boys & Angels”, Harmony Vocals

Various Artists, “Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective (Box Set)”, Harmony Vocals

Various Artists, “Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman”, Accordion

Various Artists, “No Song, No Supper: Sugar Hill Singer-Songwriters”, Harmony Vocals, Accordion

Various Artists, “Mother Queen of My Heart: A Collection of Songs”, Harmony Vocals

Various Artists, “Vanguard Collector's Edition”, Harmony Vocals

Various Artists, “NASCAR: Runnin' Wide Open”, Harmony Vocals

Various Artists, “Signatures III: A Song Writer's Album”, Harmony Vocals

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Bio

Nashville native, Suzi Ragsdale virtually cut her teeth in the recording studio. Her dad a singer/songwriter as well, she grew up surrounded by music. At age 5, she sang with the kiddie chorus on her father Ray Stevens’ Grammy Award winning smash, “Everything Is Beautiful”. At 10, she began recording children’s albums and writing her own songs… by 13, she was singing other writers’ demos… & by 17 singing in local clubs.

In 1990, Suzi began collaborating with Verlon Thompson and the two produced 4 albums for their own VNS Records. They also joined Guy Clark’s band and played and sang on Guy’s albums such as Boats to Build (1992), Dublin Blues (1995) and Keepers (1997). Suzi can also be heard singing and/or playing on six of Darrell Scott’s seven albums from 1996 to the present. Darrell produced Suzi’s 1998 album Future Past, and both he and Verlon accompanied her on it.

Since 1990, Suzi Ragsdale’s vocal work has appeared on discs by Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, David Ball, Hank Williams Jr., Joy Lynn White, Tom Paxton, Ian Tyson, Jo-El Sonnier and many others. During this same time period, her songs were recorded by stars such as Anne Murray, Billy Dean, Pam Tillis, Mila Mason, Suzy Bogguss, Lari White, Lisa Brokop and the rock twins Nelson. From 1991 to present, she’s collaborated in studio & on stage with Darrell Scott.

In 2008, Suzi launched Stark Raven Records and in March of ’09, released her first project, Best Regards. Her new double EP is set to release January of '09.

“Best Regards is just the right mix of wisdom, whimsy and white wine. My advice is to listen in your kitchen. There's a lot of hers in the music.”
-- Rodney Crowell

“Backed by sophisticated arrangements and innovative sonic textures, she performs a collection of strikingly original tunes. An absolutely stunning achievement.”

-- Robert K. Oermann
Music Row magazine