What needs to be said about Ragged Co. that hasn't already been said? Storming out of Birmingham, they quickly earned their reputation as the "really bad boys" of mid-'60s English rock. What a team: flamboyant front man Homer Bedloe; sidekick riff-master Wendell Gibbs; lady's man bassist Joseph Carson; in-the-pocket drummer Charley Pratt; and journeyman guitarist Orrin Pike (who had replaced slide wizard Roger Budd, who had replaced founder and blues obsessive Floyd Smoot).
Their output over the next 20 years was prodigious . . . erratic . . . ebullient . . . complicated . . . energizing . . . polarizing . . . mesmerizing. Still performing today in some form or another (Gibbs patented a walker/guitar stand combo), they are for many the definition of rock and roll -- if rock and roll was a never-ending geriatric circus.