Wellington’s Gabriel Parson is coming home.
Performing with Ragland, an alternate rock band originating from Pryor, OK, the group formed in 2015, branching off of other solo acts the members were participating in at the time. They had been active in other projects with each other for 9 years, until settling on their current and favorite, named Ragland after the lead singer's maiden name. They have backgrounds in Red Dirt, Rock, Pop Punk, Metal, etc. Ragland is performing at Barefoot Jerry’s in Wellington this Thursday evening at 9:00 p.m.
A few days before returning home to Wellington, Gabriel sat down to talk to us about life on the road and getting a chance to return to Wellington, among other things.  
Tell me about yourself, your start in music, and growing up in Wellington.  
Well, I moved to Wellington before I could walk. I've always loved the town, and the people. I started drum lessons around the age of 6, being taught by another Wellington local Mike Nichols.
From then I played in many garage bands and continued to expand my musical career throughout my teenage years, I met the members of Ragland in January 2014 and toured with them for a while. Ventured off to pursue other things and finally found myself back with them in October 2017.
Are you on tour now?  
Wellington is the first date of our album release tour. We will be touring across the US throughout February and March.
How do you like touring?  What is your favorite part of it?  
Touring is always exciting, no matter the circumstances, there's always something to look forward to. Lots of driving, seeing new places and meeting new people. My favorite part is meeting awesome people/bands along the way.
Who are your favorite bands?  
Ahh... the hardest question of them all. A few of my favorite bands and most prominent influences are Led Zeppelin, Tool, Korn, Alice In Chains and many many many many others. Haha.
Where are some of your favorite places you have been on tour?
The most recent place we've played was the Hard Rock in Memphis, and I gotta say, the hospitality in Memphis is in a league all its own. Places like Lubbock Texas, Louisville Kentucky, and of course Wellington never disappoint and everyone is always super cool and very kind. It's always a party coming back to my hometown.
Where is your family located?  
Lots of my family are scattered throughout the Midwest, mainly in Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. Most of my Kansas family are from Wichita and Riverdale.
Tell about your band members.
I met Sam and Hunter in late 2013, at Barefoot Jerry's! back then they were playing as an acoustic duo. I talked to them after the show and on a whim I offered to play drums for them. Keep in mind I was a naive 17 year old kid desperate to be in a band haha. I then met them again with Autumn in early 2014, just a couple of days after that show I received a call from Sam, offering me a spot in the band.
How do you know Jerry Fike?  
I remember the first time me and Jerry met in the summer of 2011. I was 16 at the time, and one if there's first things I told him was "One day I'm gonna play a show at BFJ's!"
How did that feel?
It felt crazy. I really didn't know what to think, and I had no idea what was ahead of me and I could t wait to start playing and touring for the first time.
What do you look forward to the most being back in Wellington?
The one thing I look forward to every time I come back to Wellington, seeing my friends and family and having a good time!