The Ragadors

The Ragadors

 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

A rock and roll band from Milwaukee, WI.

2011 New Artist of the Year
Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards


The Milwaukee based quartet create a raucous brand of straight-ahead, blistering rock-and-roll, grounded in a an obvious love for the blues. What began as a casual song swap between drummer Joshua Harper and lead singer Benjamin Hall has grown through two years of touring and recording into a band of friends who play with undeniable guts. With wildly diverse musical backgrounds, from touring through the deep south in a gospel rock band, to studying jazz percussion, these four gentlemen combine to create foot-stomping tunes and frenetic live performances.

In 2009, the Ragadors debut, self-titled EP was pressed from a live studio session with J. Christopher Hughes at Posthistoric in Milwaukee, WI. After more than a year of touring, backed by unwavering support from their listeners, the group began sessions on their first full-length record in spring 2010. Blackinkyswells, a subversive affirmation of the possibilities that flow between the down beat and silence, is a recorded interaction between The Ragadors and a cavernous room on Milwaukee’s south side. Ben’s desperate, pleading lyrics, in stark contrast to a satisfyingly confident delivery, unearth stories soaked in the complication of humanity.

The Ragadors pay homage to the mothers and fathers of their muse with a sound nurtured in the wood-paneled basements of the midwest. With songs that harken the honest spirit of the blues, this record attempts to realize life’s perennial struggle between dissonance and harmony. This is roots music through and through.

Today, their debut full-length album, blackinkyswells, is available now on iTunes, Amazon mp3 and more.

Having already carved out a significant place for themselves, The Ragadors venture forth to new territory. Look for them in your city in 2011 touring in support of their new record, blackinkyswells.


"blackinkyswells" (2010)
->'Bottom Line Babe" - Regular airplay on college and independent radio across the midwest

"The Ragadors EP" (2009)
->'Grave baby' featured on college and independent radio

Set List

Up to 3 hours of original and classic music.