CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED, Soul Gravy (Universal South)
SOONER OR LATER: The Oklahoma quartet, which welcomed Willie Nelson for a fiery "Whiskey River" at last year's picnic, has long been one of the best-kept secrets of the "Texas Music" circuit. Or at least they were: Soul Gravy debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard country chart last week.
UP AGAINST THE WALL, REDNECK MOTHERS: Soul Gravy mixes KASE-friendly ballads like "Lonely Girl" with slow-burning Dixie-fried rockers like "Hammer Down" and "Number." CCR also up their Lone Star bona fides with Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Wanna Rock & Roll."
CAT SCRATCH FEVER: Soul Gravy closes with a hidden cover of Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold," the song Matthew McConaughey told Texas Monthly he kept in his head while bringing Wooderson to life in Dazed and Confused. All right, all right, all right.
Cross Canadian Ragweed plays an outdoor benefit for the SIMS Foundation with Bob Schneider and Patrice Pike Sunday on the South First Street bridge over Town Lake. Tickets are $60 or $100 for reserved tables. 6:30pm.