“We did ‘Indian Land' ... just to kind of buy a little bit of time and fulfill my promise to my Okie friends that the record label (for Ragweed, Universal South) wouldn't let me do.”
With the new band perpetuating Ragweed's road-warrior ways, the quintet made “Adventus” at Yellow Dog Studios in Austin, Texas, squeezing in the recording sessions between tour dates.
“We were just gonna go home and hang out, but once we started thinking about it, it was like ‘Man, if want to get this thing out in the fall, we need to get in there and get it finished,'” Canada said. “That's a good thing, you know, but you start missing the smell of your house and you miss your kids.”
While some fans may still long for the old Ragweed days, Canada said he hopes they will give The Departed's singular red-dirt rock style a fair shot.
“As to pressure of what people will think, I don't want to be an (expletive) and say I don't care 'cause I really do. But I want people to know that this is what we are. This is me singing and Seth singing and Jeremy singing. Some songs I don't even have a guitar solo because we have Steve Littleton in the band, and there's other songs that have a lot of guitar solos because there's two lead guitar players in the band,” he said.
“What's the really cool thing about it, as soon as we got everything tracked, I wrote another tune and Seth wrote another tune. It's like we instantly started over,” he added.