Known best for his work with the Florida-based neo-punk band Hot Water Music, this singer and guitarist also released such solo albums as Feast or Famine, Till Midnight, and Gold Country.
His early live albums, recorded in Los Angeles, include Live at the Troubadour and Los Feliz.
After Hot Water Music broke up in 2005, Ragan's former musical collaborators began a second punk group called The Draft. Hot Water Music reunited seven years later and released an album titled Exister.
His mother, Geraldine Ragan, worked as a gospel musician and Christian missionary, and his father, Dave Ragan, was a PGA golfer.
In the first decade of the 2000s, Ragan launched an annual acoustic music event called The Revival Tour. The 2011 tour featured performances by Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem) and Dan Andriano (of the Alkaline Trio).