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Hard Row to Hoe

by Ragged Union

Fresh and innovative bluegrass from Colorado featuring male/female singing, award-winning instrumental work, 'outsider' songwriting, and a powerful rhythmic drive.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Simple Life
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2. Where's Pappy
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3. Worry My Life Away
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4. Run Rabbit Run
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5. All Rested
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6. Midnight Train
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7. Rake Out the Nails
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8. Two Tracks Coming
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9. Don't Lie to Me
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10. High Line
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11. Small Ship
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12. Bound for Glory
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13. Ferris Wheel
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Album Notes
Formed in the winter of 2014, Ragged Union quickly became a fixture in the Colorado bluegrass scene, earning fans among both the younger and older audience sets, with an all-star lineup of some of the state’s finest pickers and the dynamic front duo of husband-and-wife, Geoff and Christina Union. The band’s sound is built around the Unions’ original songs, with a blues influence and a connection to the Texas songwriting tradition. The music comes to life in the electrifying hands of some of Colorado’s finest and most sought-after bluegrass musicians, who along with the Unions form a dynamic and cohesive unit that puts on a memorable and exciting show for dancers, listeners, traditionalists and progressives alike.
With a love of the traditional elements of the bluegrass sound (duet and trio singing, highly skilled performance, and a robust rhythmic drive), and a craving for doing something just a little bit different with the lyrics and arrangements, Ragged Union has carved out its own increasingly recognized space in the crowded Colorado field, and has been busy expanding the reach of their sound onto the national stage.
Geoff Union (guitar, vocal; Fayetteville, North Carolina) has been performing in bluegrass bands for almost 20 years - most notably with the nationally touring Two High String Band (2002-2009). THSB played major festivals in the US including Rocky Grass, Merle Fest, Spring Fest, concert series and clubs all across the country. Union is a powerful flat pick guitarist and singer, and writes in an "outsider" lyric style, eschewing standard country themes of love and loss for darker material including moonshinery, obscure history (mostly related to moonshine) and desperate fiction. 
Christina Union (lead and tenor vocal; Eagle River, Alaska) has been singing all her life and was a member of several local Colorado bands when she and Geoff met in 2008. She has a powerful blues-flecked emotional delivery, a natural talent for harmony, and is a skilled lyricist and songwriter.
Jordan Ramsey (mandolin, vocal; Newport, Tennessee) is the 2016 Winfield National Mandolin Contest winner and 2008 Rockygrass champion. He studied under Raymond McLain and Jack Tottle at ETSU, and has shared the stage with the likes of David Grisman, Porter Wagoner, Ralph Stanley, Curley Seckler, Tater Tate, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Hunter Berry, and Adam Steffey.
Chris “C-Bob” Elliot (banjo; Huffman, Texas) studied banjo at South Plains Community College with Alan Munde. He won the Rocky Grass banjo competition in 2007, and is well known for his work in the popular band Spring Creek Bluegrass, and more recently the Blue Canyon Boys. He has appeared on many national stages with those bands, and also teaches.
Justin Hoffenberg (fiddle, Boulder, Colorado) has been a mainstay of the Colorado bluegrass scene for a decade. He fronts his own band (currently on hiatus), Long Road Home, which had featured Pete Wernick on banjo before his return to Hot Rize. Justin is also a resident instructor at the Rocky Grass Academy.



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