Chuck Ragan left the band at home when he hit up Oakland’s New Parish this past Friday night along with the SoCal-by-way-of-Texas brothers in Pawnshop Kings. The chatter during and after the Pawnshop Kings set evaporated the moment Chuck took the stage, removed his hat and plugged in his guitar for a final tune … one acoustic guitar and a handful harmonicas were all that was needed for the gravely-voiced Ragan to keep the attention of the few hundred that turned up.
Without a setlist taped to the stage, Ragan had plenty of material planned but was also happy enough to take requests from the audience which, together, rounding-out a career-spanning setlist that covered everything from Hot Water Music to the new solo material from Till Midnight as well as a cover and an unreleased track from the upcoming “The Flame in the Flood” video game soundtrack. An hour and fifteen minutes in Chuck thanked the crowd to call it a night, but the audience wasn’t going to let him off without one more song to which Ragan happily obliged.
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