Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Chattanooga Loves Their Ragdoll

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - by Bob Payne

Rhonda Denham has fronted several bands over the years, but I think he she hit pay dirt with this combination – Ragdoll. Not only does she have her own bad self, she has one of my favorite drummers – Ashley Williams, the shirtless wonder, and two great bass players in Jim Denham and Keith Corey. Put the brakes on Wilma, did you say two bass players? Yes I did, kind of.

Jim Denham plays the lead bass and plays it well. On the other bass, which really is the lead guitar, long time Bud Lightning Band bassist Keith Corey makes the change to six strings, lead breaks, and great riffs.

Bud Lightning’s Chris Gomez told me for years that Keith was a great lead guitar player, but he also told me he saw Sasquatch running around Signal Mountain, and I didn’t believe that one either. Well, come to find out, ol’ Keefa is quite a lead guitar player. In fact, he rocks!

Ragdoll is a great band, with a long set-list of rock tunes, all done professionally by real musicians that care about quality and having fun. That should pretty much sum it up. And, if you look up the definition of “shame” in the dictionary, you will find it to mean what happens when you miss a performance by this band. But, you don’t have to miss them, as they are playing at Skyzoo on Brainerd Road this Friday night.

As for the Chris Gomez Sasquatch - well, I think he thinks he saw one. Maybe even in the mirror. All I do know, is he was right about Keith Corey, and I am right about Ragdoll.

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Official Street Sign On Signal Mountain
Official Street Sign On Signal Mountain
- Photo2 by Chris Gomez

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