I came up in the Red Dirt music scene listening to Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Robert Earl Keen and the rest of the classics. So it was heartbreaking for me when Cross Canadian Ragweed announced their breakup. I complete understood the reasons behind it and have a lot of respect for a man walking away from his dream to raise his special needs child. I appreciate the fact that the band agreed, way back in the olden days, that they would never be any less than the members that founded it. All of that didn’t make it any less of a tragedy to see the boys from Oklahoma take their leave. The blow was softened by Cody Canada’s announcement of a new project. Over the last few months I became very excited about the impending release of This Is Indian Land. The story behind the album is that Cody made a promise, at the height of Ragweed’s career, to do an album of covers of Red Dirt music that influenced him so much. He has fulfilled that promise and so in a pretty decent manner.
You may noticed that there was some hesitation in the above paragraph, if you didn’t there was, and that’s because I am disappointed in this album. Let me make this perfectly clear I am not disappointed because its not a Ragweed album. I had not illusions that The Departed would be Ragweed reborn and wouldn’t have wanted it to. I am disappointed because this album borders on greatness but never quite gets there. I know that I will catch nine kinds of hell saying that because Red Dirt fans can be vicious but its my honest opinion. This is a good album. It is an album you should own. It as an album that you should listen to more than a few times. But it is only a good album. Every time it feels like it’s about cross over in to amazingness it falls just short. I waited over a month from getting my hands on this album in the hope that it would grow on me and it never did. I never did find the magic that I wanted to find. Maybe it is my own fault for building it up in my mind before ever hearing it. I can’t honestly put my finger on the reason. Now don’t go getting me wrong. I am by no means panning This Is Indian Land as there are some really good tracks on here. The folks behind it are amazingly talented and you can tell that the first time you cue this one up. I just can’t, personally, seem to find the magic in this one that would make me weak in the knees when it gets played.