The Ragbirds bring diverse sound, food-oil-driven travel

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"Book of Matches" by The Ragbirds

If you go

What: The Ragbirds, folk rock and world music

When: 10 p.m. today

Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Cover to be determined

Call: 879-2101

— Taking a Friday afternoon rest from The Ragbirds' cross-country tour of folk and world music, drummer Randall Moore is inhaling the much-better-than-diesel-fuel smells emitting from his van.

The vehicle, with its trailer full of music equipment, is equipped to burn food waste oil instead of diesel fuel to lessen the band members' environmental impact as they drive from state to state sharing a Celtic-vibed take on rock and world beat with their audiences.

"I'm actually standing outside the van smelling it right now. : It really doesn't smell that bad. It actually smells like cooked food," Moore said during a phone interview about his band's green travels and the group's upcoming show in Steamboat.

The Ragbirds play at 10 p.m. today at the Old Town Pub.

Moore promises a high-energy set that draws on his and front woman Erin Zindle's love of world music and diverse cultures.

"We knew we wanted to make music based on different sounds : and I guess we let the world music just seep in there," Moore said.

The group's most recent album, "Finally Almost Ready," came out in August.

"We're playing a mix of world-music-influenced folk rock. So Erin plays violin and mandolin; we have guitars and lots of percussion from around the world. It's accessible, fun music," Moore said.

The Ragbirds have been playing together for about 4 1/2 years, with Zindle on lead vocals and multiple stringed instruments, Moore on drums, TJ Zindle on guitar and Dan Hildebrandt on bass.

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