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Cross Canadian Ragweed is an alternative country band of the Red Dirt scene, formed in Yukon, Oklahoma, in 1994, comprising of frontman/guitarist Cody Canada, drummer Randy Ragsdale, rhythm guitarist Grady Cross, and bassist Jeremy Plato. The band's name comes from a combination of all four original members' names: Grady Cross, Cody Canada, Randy Ragsdale and (original bassist) Matt Wiedemann. There is a common misconception that the name is a reference to the Canadian River, which runs through Oklahoma and Texas.
After forming, they moved to the college town of Stillwater, Oklahoma, where acts like Mike McClure?'s The Great Divide and singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave? had established enough of a local scene to earn Stillwater the nickname "North Austin" (or, depending on your perspective, "West Nashville").