Australia’s RAGDOLL Readies New Release And Rocklahoma Performance

May 6th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Australia and rock n’ roll has gone hand in hand for decades by this point – AC/DC, Jet, and Wolfmother (among countless others) have all hailed from the land down under. And the continent has another hard rockin’ contender on their hands, Ragdoll. Comprised of members Ryan Rafferty (lead vocals, bass), Leon Todd (guitar), and Cam Barrett (drums), the trio has a new album, ‘Ragdoll Rewound’ (set for release on May 23rd), and an upcoming Rocklahoma performance (on Sunday, May 25th at 9:50pm on the Retrospect Records Stage).

‘Ragdoll Rewound’ is a compilation of Ragdoll’s first two releases (‘Ragdoll Rock’ and ‘Here Today’) plus four live recordings, one of which is a new composition, “Rewind Your Mind.” The trio revisited the first EP and had it remixed and polished the way they had always wanted to hear it. Songs like “Foot to the Floor” sound leaner and meaner while “The Feeling” is even more epic! Any issues the band may have had with the original ‘Here Today’ master have been fully rectified here too; while the new master of “Tell Me” in particular is a lot more dynamic and more true to the original mix.

With an intense desire to inject new life into the music they love; Ragdoll’s mission is to dismantle the sometimes tired genres of classic rock, hard rock and progressive rock and rebuild them, producing a modern hybrid that both transcends and revitalizes the traditional rock genres. The result is a sound that’s bombastic and intricate, a sound that’s full and brash, leaving many to question how this trio is capable of producing a live sound more akin to that of a five-piece.

And it sounds like Ragdoll will be quite busy for the remainder of 2014. “We’re returning to the USA in May and June to tour in support of ‘Ragdoll Rewound,’ and return to Rocklahoma for the third straight year. We’re doing twenty shows, starting in California, then the Midwest and culminating in Vegas. We’ll be rolling out a new music video and a whole new line of merchandise; everything from tee shirts and CD’s to condoms and slap bands! We’ll then return home for the Australian launch of the record before entering the studio to record the material we’ve prepared for our fourth all original studio release.”

And the perfect starting point for new fans to discover this promising new band is ‘Ragdoll Rewound.’

Ragdoll Rewind Your Mind USA Tour 2014 Confirmed Dates:

5/16 San Souci, Ventura CA
5/17 Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood CA *Supporting Skid Row*
5/20 Leon’s Lounge, Oklahoma City OK
5/21 Undercurrent, Tulsa OK
5/22 Rocklahoma Pre Party, Pryor OK
5/25 Rocklahoma Festival, Pryor OK *w/Kid Rock, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and more*
5/26 Uncercurrent, Tulsa OK
5/27 Boobie Trap, Topeka KS
5/29 The Drunken Skunk, Cheyenne WY
5/30 Eck’s Saloon, Denver CO
5/31 Ricky B’s Sports Pub, Windsor CO
6/1 The Manfort, Durango CO
6/2 Vault Nightclub, Alberquerque NM
6/4 The Riot Room, Kansas City MO
6/5 The Outland, Springfield MO
6/6 Rock 3405 Kansas City MO
6/7 Queen City Music Hall, Fort Worth TX
6/8 RBC, Dallas TX
6/13 Vamp’d, Las Vegas NV

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