VIDEO PREMIERE: Ragged Union Marry Country-folk with Top Notch Bluegrass Picking on “Somebody Call The Doctor”

Formed in 2013 after Geoff Union moved from Austin, Texas to Golden, Colorado, Ragged Union has performed at festivals, concert series and events all across the USA, in England, and China. The band has released three albums, 2015’s Hard Row to Hoe, 2017’s Time Captain, and Live at Leeds, from Seven Arts Theatre in Leeds, England.

Ragged Union has evolved a little bit musically, from its beginning, where the focus was solidly on fast picking bluegrass and big harmony vocals, to a more progressive style of string band music, of which bluegrass is one part of the mix. The band builds its sound on a guitar-based rhythmic drive, with a creative scope that ranges from the more obviously bluegrass, to an old-time string band vibe, and then to a boundary-less approach with changing feels, time signatures, and complex melodies. The sound has become quite liberated from predetermined limits. One thing that hasn’t changed is the live presentation – always an exciting intensity, with a joy of performance that is equally at home at the festival, in the listening room, or in a party atmosphere.

Now the band is gearing up to release their new album Round Feet, Chrome Smile on September 30th. Round Feet, Chrome Smile is the group’s third album and first in more than 5 years. The trio consists of singer/songwriter and flatpicker Geoff Union, mandolin/vocalist Elio Schiavo, and fiddle player/vocalist Rebekah Durham, a Juilliard-trained violinist who has toured internationally with the indie rock band San Fermin.

Today Glide is excited to premiere the video for the standout track “Somebody Call the Doctor.’ The song hits with a warm and lively feeling right out of the gate courtesy of a healthy dose of fiddle. Vocally and lyrically, Geoff Union seems to be channeling Danny Barnes with his loose and playful singing style. The group also serves up some damn fine harmonies before laying into top notch bluegrass picking. There is a country-folk angle to this tune and its tale of the rustic country life, but Ragged Union definitely delivers the kind of bluegrass goods that fit right in on a sunny summer day with a beer in hand. The video also gives us a taste of the musical chemistry between these talented musicians.

“‘’Somebody Call the Doctor’ is about realizing the world you grew up in is messed up, phony and repressed, and you’re ready to seek out a new place, ‘where the minds are open wide,” explains singer and guitarist Geoff Union.


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