Is Koe Wetzel’s Very First Live Performance of “Ragweed” At Cain’s Ballroom Back In 2018 The Best One?

Yes… yes it is.

See y’all later…

Ok, maybe not really, but “Ragweed” is one of my all-time favorite songs, and when it comes to Koe Wetzel, it’s easily at the top of my list.

The first day Harold Saul High came out in June of 2019, it immediately caught my attention. Not to say I’m the one who discovered “Ragweed,” clearly I’m not the only one who likes the song, but I did love it from the jump if that helps at all.

We shared a live performance of it yesterday on Twitter, and it looked so vaguely familiar to me, but I couldn’t figure out why:

I knew I’d seen it before, and then it hit me.

It’s from a show he did at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2018 where he debuted the song. I remember stumbling upon this video a few years ago, before HSH was ever released and I became obsessed with it right then and there.

Maybe it’s because it’s the first time he ever played it live, or the nostalgia, or because he looks like he borrowed an outfit from Cody Canada himself, but it just hits me different every time I see this video.

His connection to the crowd is unmatched, and you can feel the energy in the room. It’s not often an artist debuts a song at a live show and receives the type of reaction he does here, so I think that’s partially what makes this particular performance so special.

He also changed the lyrics in the bridge from “I ain’t got time for that” to “a Texas boy ain’t got time for that”, and I can literally never sing it the correct way now.

I’ve told y’all before that, oddly enough, I use Koe as a gateway drug, so to speak, to try to get some of my friends into more Texas country… and this is my go-to song.

The first time I saw him in concert couple years ago and he played “Ragweed,” you bet your ass we sang it the same way he does here.

So, I’m sorry in advance if you’ll never hear the right lyrics again, but go ahead and do yourself a huge favor and watch the entire video:

And if you don’t miss Cross Canadian Ragweed as much as all of us do here at Whiskey Riff, we have a problem…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock