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Chuck Ragan

Gold Country

(Hot Water Music)

Side One Dummy 403

Released on September 1, 2009

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For most of us the phrase Gold Country evokes memories of the 49ers who flocked to California by boat and covered wagon in order to seek fortune for themselves and their families. Chuck Ragan’s latest disc may be coming out a few lifetimes after the gold rush of the mid-nineteenth century, however there’s a timeless quality to the album that embodies the hope and hard work that helped define that period in the American consciousness. That has a lot to do with the fact that there’s nothing preconceived about Gold Country. It’s simply the sound of a talented songwriter doing what his kind has been doing for centuries: playing simple songs alongside a close group of friends not for hope of financial gains, but because he literally has no other choice. “We recorded the record at Flying Whale Studio up on this six acre mining claim called Arrowhead Mines. It’s an old local mine that was pretty well known back in the day,” Ragan explains. “The record is just another page in the book and another chapter in life and it’s documenting where we are in that moment of time. Right now Gold Country is what I’ve lived for, everything I’ve worked to achieve and hold sacred and everything I strive to get home to.” Ragan knows a thing or two about paying his dues: since the early nineties he’s co-fronted the legendary punk act Hot Water Music and over the past few years he’s released a string of well-received solo acoustic efforts in the spirit of fellow folk troubadours like Steve Earle and Pete Seeger. Produced by Ragan in Northern California and performed alongside longtime collaborators like violinist Jon Gaunt and Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo, Gold Country is a striking collection of songs that show how much Ragan has progressed since his 2007 solo debut Feast Or Famine. “Even though these songs were written in a short period of time, it’s some of the most mature music that I’ve ever had a chance to take part in,” Ragan acknowledges, adding that he spent more time on Gold Country than he has on any other recording in his career. “I’d say all in all I’m the most satisfied with this release than with anything I’ve ever done.”

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1 For Goodness Sake Voted #1  20%
2 Glory Voted #3  13%
3 Rotterdam  6%
4 Done And Done  7%
5 The Trench Voted #2  17%
6 Don't Say A Word  0%
7 10 West  6%
8 Ole Diesel  2%
9 Cut Em Down  7%
10 Let It Rain  9%
11 Good Enough For Rock And Roll  6%
12 Get Em All Home  7%
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Chris from Salt Lake City, UT 
Oct 12 2011 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This album is the same case with the new Chuck Ragan album I posted a review about. I'm not a huge fan of this style of music no matter who it is, but if i'm in the mood to do it, i'm going to listen to Chuck Ragan. However, i'm a bit disgusted by the barrage of bands out there who are successful because of guys like Chuck Ragan that suck a bag of dicks. (If you want an example of a heavily Hot Water Music influenced band that kills it however, buy every album from Polar Bear Club). In the end, i'm looking forward to a new HWM album and have some extra cash that i want to go to support artists that deserve it. Which is why i'm buying this album. And it's not like a don't enjoy Chuck Ragan, it's just not my everyday thing. But fuck it, when i've got a rainy day off and some beers, better believe i'll be jamming this.

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Kevin from Houston, TX 
Feb 23 2010 Rating: 3/5 Stars

I keep trying to get into Chuck Ragan's solo music, but I am having trouble. I love the Revival Tour he started and the acts on that. I think with "Gold Country" either you get it or you don't? And ...I just don't right now. For me, Chuck Ragan exists more in the world of Hot Water Music than he does as a solo act.

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Arryn from Rockledge, FL 
Oct 1 2009 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Another great album from Chuck. This is more country than previous albums; with steel guitar and less harmonica. I really enjoyed this, even though I've only given it one listen thus far.

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Dustin from Corvallis, OR 
Sep 4 2009 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This CD is good. There's nothing really ground-breaking from Chuck, and features more twang and less harmonica than his other releases (which isn't necessarily a good thing in my opinion).





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