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This duo delivers! Ragtop is the Roanoke, Virginia based duo act of Jim and Renee Oliphant. They perform acoustic Classic and Folk Rock, New Country, Blues and American Standards. In 2013 RagTop performed 180 shows including multiple TV and radio appearances.

With scheduled appearances already set for 2014 on Blog Talk Radio (the world's largest social radio network), WSLS TV NBC... more

This duo delivers! Ragtop is the Roanoke, Virginia based duo act of Jim and Renee Oliphant. They perform acoustic Classic and Folk Rock, New Country, Blues and American Standards. In 2013 RagTop performed 180 shows including multiple TV and radio appearances.

With scheduled appearances already set for 2014 on Blog Talk Radio (the world's largest social radio network), WSLS TV NBC channel 10 Roanoke, VA "Daytime Blue Ridge" and WVTF 89.1 FM public radio and WSET TV channel 13 Lynchburg, VA "Living in the Heart of Virginia" - it's going to be another exciting year!

"We are absolutely influenced by the music that we heard growing up – the songs that moved us then and still move us now. For us, Music is a conversation and it's about the songs that speak to you on a soulful level – those are the songs we play and our fans want to hear- the familiar songs that have a connection to our lives – it's about good music and good times with good people!"

"RagTop is an excellent example of artists that send you back in time with their renditions of tunes we all grew up with. Always passionate with their performances and guaranteed to make you follow them."
- Art Mendoza/Accomplice Entertainment Austin, TX

Renee and Jim both grew up in the Midwest. They met a couple weeks before highschool graduation. They married a few months later and have been together over 35 years. Renee started singing regularly about 26 years ago in a duo with Jim doing Contemporary Christian Music on weekends. "We really enjoyed it but with a young family, it only lasted a few years." We moved to Virginia in 1995. Eventually, with the kids raised and on their own, Jim started playing guitar again with a couple local musicians and song writers in area bars and private parties. Renee got interested in singing again and joined Jim playing some local restaurant/bar gigs. They got such a positive response that they formed RagTop in 2009.

Renee's says her influences include Gretchen Wilson (vocals and bad-ass attitude!) Marc Broussard – soulful – bluesy rock with a real drive – Heart, Eagles, "and yes – hate to admit it – even liked the boy bands" (great harmonies). "Good music has passion and soul – it’s comes from deep inside – it’s fun to sing and moves you on some level that makes it yours."

Jim has been playing over 40 years. He took his first guitar lesson at the age of 10 and got his roots in Contemporary Christian Music. He taught guitar during college to help pay the bills and played in some projects here and there. Once He had the opportunity to get serious about playing again, He couldn't wait. He started playing guitar with everyone and everywhere that he could - never turning down an opportunity.

"as far as my influences, I love to watch anybody play guitar that plays it with passion and soul! I've meet and had the honor of playing with several very talented musicians along the way. I love to grow and learn from everyone I get a chance to jam with - It's all part of the Grand Journey. I can't wait to see what is next . . . These are the good old days."

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