A formidable presence on the stage but, more recently, an even more commanding fisherman, folk troubadour CHUCK RAGAN is the subject of LANDSICK, an award-winning documentary that was released last year and is now getting a wide release via YouTube. A consummate angler and guide, Chuck’s skill at fishing is the center of LANDSICK, a short film from Costa Sunglasses®and filmmaker Matt Devlin and producer Peter Vandergrift. Winning the award for Best Story at The Drake’s 12th Annual Video Awards, the documentary chronicled Chuck’s delicate balance between music, his family, and his fishing.
“I believe that even though we made this film close to two years ago, the balance that this piece hinges on has always been apart of my life in one way or the other,” says Chuck about the documentary. Interspersed with musical blasts of his solo material as an Americana icon, the 12 minute documentary captures a moment in Chuck’s ever evolving life. “Becoming a dad, taking a leap of faith half way through my life and more or less starting a new career has been a bit of a struggle but the fact of the matter is, guiding and being on the water keeps my mind at peace as well as close to home to my family,” he continues. “Living a life of working non stop between the road and the water is tough on my family and I which is why it’s so important for me to continue the best I can trying to find that balance between two independent occupations that have very little security.”
“The film LANDSICK started as a simple conversation between three people in a drift-boat near Missoula, MT – [Producer] Peter Vandergrift, Chuck Ragan and I,” explains director Matt Devlin of PMD Productions. Noting Chuck’s tireless and genuine dedication, he notes, “Looking back on that day, it was a perfect harbinger of things to come; Chuck had played a gig in Canada, driven through the night, caught a few hours of sleep in the cab of his truck, met us on timeto fish all day and then play another show that night! Filming LANDSICK alongside Chuck on his Spring tour taught me to live more fully, to squeeze nearly everything I can out of life, because to be human is such an unpredictable endeavor. Chuck as an artist, father, and angler walks what he talks, plain and simple. In the wake of filming and crafting this project, I am a friend richer.”
As the film gets a new burst of life with a wide release, Chuck won’t be resting on his laurels and taking a break from everything. In fact, for Chuck, his hectic schedule continues on as normal. Aside from his full-time job as a dad, he finds himself on the water far more than he is on the stage (which considering he has two musical personas – as a premier Americana solo artist and frontman to the punk legends Hot Water Music – is two full-time jobs each) is also a member of the California Bass Union (https://www.calbassunion.com/ ) Costa Pro, Hatch Pro, Loon And Echo Ambassador as well as a Martin Guitar Ambassador.