"Ragwater Revue revs up right away like a shiny car, an early model heavy with chrome and designed for a showy, gutsy ride. Lady Viola slinks up in a feline way, swaying back and forth in an indolent gait set by gritty guitars and bass resurrected from the earliest, most humid days of rock's rebellion. Low-down saxophone and percussion add to the late-night mood, evocative of joyrides after midnight, seamed stockings and steamy dives... There's also something seedily satisfying and authentic about its lo-fi quality, echoing down slick, dark alleys."
"Like an escapee from a secret shadow lab where 1930s sideshow girls, '40s film-noir nightclub dames, and the criminal flip-side of '50s rockabilly queens were genetically blended, Lady Viola seems to be from another time and place. Viola fronts Ragwater Revue, an evolving ensemble that plays spookabilly and country blues for an accursed roadhouse eternally shrouded in fog. (This is where Large Marge, the ghost trucker from Pee-wee's Big Adventure, probably gets her whiskey kicks.) The band's song titles speak volumes: "Cemetery Sal", "Alligator Baby", "Glass Eye & a Leisure Suit", and on and on down the doomy line that runs between the graveyard and the swamp on Highway Zero. There's a schtick at work here, of course. But Viola & Co. keep the hijinks to a thankful minimum, preferring to perform the songs as straight as such stylized inventions can get. That doesn't mean you can't play along, though. I'm sure they'd be stoked if you dressed as Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy for the night."
"Imagine an old seedy bar in the 1930s where women adorned in puffy mink shawls smoke using long Cruella DeVille-like cigarette extenders and dark-haired men in suits slowly tap their feet to some jazzy blues. Ragwater Revue would be the band on the stage."
"With songs that tell wild tales of alligator babies, glass eyes, and cemeteries, Ragwater Revue envelopes its listeners in a prohibition-era haze. The dirty blues band, who incorporate hints of rockabilly and jazz, is brand-spankin'-new to San Francisco, having just moved from Kansas City, Mo., last January. Songstress Lady Viola's gramophonelike vocal stylings fit perfectly with Kris Daniel's sleepy guitar work."