AN: What, in your mind, are some of the highlights of your career with your former band?
CC: We got to play a lot of stuff.
I think probably the biggest honor was, we got invited to Waylon Jennings’ — it was really his musical funeral. Shooter (Jennings) invited us, and we got to play the stage with (Kris) Kristofferson. Johnny Cash was supposed to be there; he was sick. We got to play with Waylon’s band ... That was really one of the biggest highlights for me, just getting invited to something like that.
That gig really is what got us our record deal (with Universal South).
AN: Was that a good partnership for you and the band?
CC: It was in the beginning. They had a whole different crew come in from the original.
The original president and vice president — everybody was on board, and everybody worked together and everything. They fired those two guys and brought in two other dudes, and after that it just didn’t really work. They were changing direction.
Universal South was known for kind of being outside the box, but once the new regime came in, it turned into a national machine. So that’s when we got out, when we broke up in 2010.
We were done anyway, but to get out of the contract, we had to break up.
AN: So what exactly led to the band’s breakup in 2010?
CC: Two guys were ready to go home, because we do work a lot. Myself and Jeremy — he’s the bass player, he’s playing bass in The Departed now — we wanted to keep on playing.
AN: When was The Departed formed?
CC: Down in New Braunfels, Texas, where we live. When we decided that Ragweed was done, The Departed got right into the studio and began working on music. I didn’t want to miss a beat.