More than a decade has passed since Suzi Ragsdale last released music that was hers and hers alone. Not that she swore off music in the meantime she did plenty of collaborating with Verlon Thompson and Darrell Scott. Shed also been inputting, she says, which basically means soaking up inspiration for songwriting. For her, this can happen during earthy, sense-heightening activities, like yoga (shes a certified instructor), cooking and gardening. She was doing the latter when she wrote Virginia, a candid, string-swathed folk confession on Best Regards, one of her two new EPs. They both come together in one package; The other is called Less of the Same. Ragsdale is the daughter of novelty-singing funnyman Ray Stevens, but she has her own kind of good humor, and it comes out in songs like Troublemaker, a funky blues-rock kiss-off that she sings rather playfully with Rodney Crowell.
Tue., Feb. 9, 6 p.m., 2010