Ragged Union is Geoff Union’s traditional-minded bluegrass band, where ’powerful drive meets outsider songwriting’. Union fronts the band with his high-flying flatpicking and off-the-beaten-path songwriting. His strong southern vocal is complimented by his wife, Christina’s, beautiful tenor ‘ with many of the songs featuring the duet style. Joined by award-winning instrumentalists Jordan Ramsey on mandolin and Chris Elliot on banjo, along with the electrifying fiddle of Pat Hoeper and steady-at-the-tiller upright bass of Jay Allen, the band performs with a raw and unabashed energy common to such bluegrass greats as Red Allen and Danny Paisley.
After years of touring with the Texas-based Two High String Band (Merle Fest, Rocky Grass), Geoff put out his first all-original bluegrass CD, Cold as Steel, in 2012. While it is undeniably bluegrass, the music stands apart on account of its exploration of non-standard themes – it’s light on the love-and-loss, and heavy on the dark storytelling, moonshinery, and obscure history. The album has aired on over 70 bluegrass radio stations nationwide, and has enjoyed favorable review from critics and fans alike.