The Ragwagon Band

The Ragwagon Band

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Damning the torpedoes and flying in the face of conventional wisdom, Ragwagon forges forward in its quest for Blue Ragtime Folk 'n Roll Nirvana. Hargus Piano, Piedmont 12-String, Torchy Jug Jazz, Skiffle Swing Blues & Damn Fine Songwriting. Stand Back Boys!!

Biography

NEW BEGINNINGS:
OK, then. It's probably all my fault....
When I heard, coupla years back, of a reunion weekend being hosted by our favorite little theater troupe, I could have kept still. A simple "Why yes, I'd love to attend" would have been more than sufficient. No need to go phoning, e-mailing, postcarding, and generally making a nuisance of myself. Why get folks all excited, trying to do what was clearly quite impossible? Much better to maintain the quiet dignity and comportment befitting a man of, (cough, gasp!) ... nearly forty years of age.
Well now, that's the point, right there, y'see. The whole 'prime-time-of-your-life' thing.
Good, legitimate grown-up job. Satisfactory salary plus benefits. Nice enough living quarters in the Capital of the Entire Civilized World--New York City. Lots to do, places to go, people to meet, etc. etc. Still.... something was missing...
I missed the music. I'd missed it for too long, for decades. The community of musicians and fans from back in the days before PCs and CDs and digital-everything-you-can-imagine. I missed the acoustic guitars and the vintage blues. I missed Amy's sweet, smoky singing, with Eddie playing his exquisite piano, Diane's incendiary Jazz violin, and Gilby blowing bass on that old moonshine jug he picked up God-Knows-Where. I missed Sadie Green and Basin Street, The Blind Lemon and Club 47, The Gaslight, The Stone Church, and Salt. I missed Ragwagon. Go figure.
So blame me, if you will. It turned out that I was not alone in my fond remembrances and, while we did have to move a mountain across an ocean to do it, we presented The Ragwagon Reunion Concert to thunderous applau and then were not smart enough to let it go at that.
We really ought to be old enough to know better. Apparently, we are not.
We hope you enjoy our music.
Write if ya get the chance.
From The Ragwagon,
Lonesome Red Riley
red@ragwagon.com
www.ragwagon.com

Lyrics

Niko's Lullabye

Written By: Hager

Those storm clouds hide the evening sky
With crashing thunder and flashing light
Your daddy stands right by your side
No harm can come to you tonight.

Chorus:
Count your blessings
As you count your sheep
And close your eyes,
Sleep, baby, sleep.

Your mama sings a lullabye
And it floats on air like a bird in flight
The wind is whistling harmony
No harm can come to you tonight.

And while you sleep the skies will clear
And you’ll awaken to the morning light
Your family loves you and we’re always near
No harm can come to you tonight.

Sadie, Dan, & Ida

Written By: Riley

DANDY DAN'S THE TOAST OF OLD SAN FRAN
HE'LL GET THOSE HIGH-TONE GALS YOU KNOW HE CAN
TEN DOLLAR SUIT, TEN DOLLAR SHOES,
DIXIE PEACH, SINGIN THE BLUES
WATCHIN DAN STRUT HIS STUFF
YOUR MAMAS WARNIN AINT ENOUGH
DAN'S THE NOB HILL LADIES DEUX A QUATRE'
HE'LL EASE THEIR MARRIED BLUES WITH ALL HE'S GOT
FANCY LADIES TELL THIER FRIENDS
GET HOLDA DAN, YOUR TROUBLE ENDS
DANDY DAN, WHATTA MAN,
HE'S THE TOAST OF OLD SAN FRAN

IDA ROSE STOOD NEW YORK ON ITS NOSE
THIS GALS GOT CLASS LIKE BROADWAYS GOT BIG SHOWS
WHEN IDA ROSE BEGINS TO SING,
WHOLE BIG APPLE GOTTA SWING,
EVERY GOTHAM NEWSBOY KNOWS
NEW YORK LOVES HER: IDA ROSE
STAND BACK BOYS WHEN IDA STARTS TO BELT
(THE) COLDEST WALL STREET HEARTS A GONNA MELT
TELL YOUR MOM AND ALL THAT JAZZ
IDAS GOT THAT YAS, YAS, YAS
FANCY CLOTHES, IDA ROSE
SHE'S NEW YORK TO THE TOES

ATTENDEZ-MOI MES AMIES S’IL VOUS PLAIT
CE SOIR, CE SOIR LAISSEZ BON TEMPS ROULER
NOW, SADIE, DAN, AND IDA TOO,
MAY BE THE PANTS BUT THEY AIN'T YOU
SHAKE YOUR LEG, AND JIVE YOUR JIVE,
IT'S GREAT SKIDDOO TO BE ALIVE
MR. BLUES ‘E'S GOT NO CHANCE WITH YOU
CAUSE YOU'RE RIGHT HERE AND, HOT DAMN, WE ARE TOO
LET DOWN YOUR HAIR, AND DOFF THAT TIE
IT'S TIME TO BOP AND NOT ASK WHY
KICK OFF THEM SHOES AND LISTEN TO
RAGWAGON PLAY THAT RAG.

Discography

'THE RAGWAGON BAND' Eventual Records 2003
(Currently receiving airplay in radio stations across US and in four foreign countries.)

Set List

Typical 30-45 minute set:
Sadie, Dan, & Ida
Niko’s Lullaby
Fever
The (Ragwagon) Tennessee Waltz
Swingin' on a Hula Moon
Basin Street Blues
Time Is Easy To Find, Dear