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"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
(partner with Grammy Award winning producer Lawrence Cohn)

 

RagTop

RagTop is the Roanoke, Virginia based signature cover acoustic duo of Jim and Renee Oliphant. RagTop performs Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Blues, R&B and classic American Standards with earthy, acoustic styling focusing on the signature riffs and melodies that make your favorite songs memorable while keeping the arrangements organic, smooth and richly expressive!

RagTop has appeared on Regional TV on WSLS TV Channel 10 NBC Roanoke, VA and WSET TV Channel 13 Lynchburg, VA and has also appeared on WJHL TV channel 11 CBS Johnson City, TN and radio programs including 101.5 FM The Mountain Roanoke, VA - 96.3 FM/1370 AM Austin, TX – KVNF FM Western Colorado public radio - WUVT Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA - WVRU Radford University, Radford, VA and BlogTalk Radio and performs nearly 200 shows a year!

RagTop released their first CD, self-titled "RagTop" in 2014. Their second CD, "Route 460", was released in February of 2017 and their third album, "Retro", an exclusively digital album, was released in the Spring of 2018.

 

Click here for a list of media appearances > RagTop Media Appearances
 

Sample tracks

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Bio

Renee and Jim both grew up in the Midwest.  They attended East High School in Des Moines, Iowa and met  a couple weeks before  graduation. They married a few months later and have been together over 38 years. Renee started singing regularly about 27 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 their 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 with a few other musicians. They got such a positive response that they formed RagTop in 2009.

Renee says her influences include Gretchen Wilson (vocals and bad-ass attitude!) Marc Broussard – soulful – bluesy rock with a real drive – Stevie Nicks, Heart, the 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 46 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 to perform."as far as my influences, I love to listen to and 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."







 

What are people saying about RagTop?

Publicity photos

Portrait by Brian Muncy Photography for "A Portrait of Roanoke Music" publication

Albums

RagTop Retro (exclusive digital download) 2018

RagTop Retro (exclusive digital download) 2018

Route 460 CD - 2017

Route 460 CD - 2017

RagTop (self-titled) CD - 2014

RagTop (self-titled) CD - 2014

Inquiries


"...It's always pleasure working with Jim and Renee, aka 'Ragtop'. This dynamic duo are consummate professionals and true masters of their craft. Week after week, I receive compliments and rave reviews from venue owners and patrons who attend their shows! They're my 'GO TO' act for top shelf acoustic performances."
                 - V. Nelson Smither III / President, BADDOG Entertainment.

"We just want to tell you and Renee again how much we loved having you all play for our party!  EVERYONE loved your music and it added so much to our gathering of family, friends, and neighbors . . .  we look forward to seeing you all again soon!"
                  - Mary & Cliff,  Christiansburg, VA

"RagTop is a favorite at our tasting room!  Jim and Renee offer a perfect blend of great songs, friendly smiles and Renee's angelic voice!" 
                   -Susan Prokop, Democracy Vineyards

"We have had the pleasure of working with Ragtop and they have been very professional and are a great duo.  Our guests have thoroughly enjoyed their mix of music and request for us to have them back -- they come once a month and we will continue to book them in the future."
                 - Lisa Noell, Draper Mercantile Draper, VA

"RagTop is one of the best duos we have had at Attimo Winery. We love their music and the customers have continuously complimented their sound and asked for them back on several occasions."
                  - Julia Povolny,  Whitebarrel Winery - formerly Attimo Winery  Christiansburg, VA


"I would like to thank you guys for hosting open mic night, it has been a hit! You guys rock, you have such a unique and wonderful sound!"
                 - Kelly Stinnette, Office Manager - Waller's Waterfront   Smith Mountain Lake, VA

"RagTop is perfect for our venue! They are as good as they come. They work hard and respect the venue - it's their career not just another gig  - and it shows. you guys put on a great show and the price is nice! We thank you guys for helping us through the years."
                 -Hal and Tina Gurley Clam Digger's  Bedford, VA

"Beautiful music!!"
                  - Daily Lyrics

This duo is a crowd pleaser and Renee' hits the mark on so many numbers with great guitar work from her husband Jim. They have a broad repertoire of tunes.......thumbs up!!!
                    - L Kayla Bancroft, Bancroft Entertainment

"FREAKING PHENOMENAL !!!!  Seriously though - You guys ROCK! - Our Ladies at the lake loved it ! Can't wait to see you again! Thanks so much."

                    - Amy Ward  The Back Room   Smith Mountain Lake, VA

"You were both outstanding - one of the best duos I've heard at Third Street Coffee House in the 25 years we have been open! You both have a musical gift."
                    -Marion McConnell Third Street Coffee House Roanoke, VA

"We have had raving reviews from your performance at the walk. Thanks for helping us raise dollars to fund research for a cure for diabetes."
                    - Charlotte Kidd, Executive Director, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Blueridge VA Chapter (Walk for the Cure)

"Jim & Renee Oliphant - A.K.A. "RagTop" - one of the hardest working duos in Roanoke. Not only keeping busy performing all over the area, but frequently donating their talents to support local causes like Ronald McDonald House and Bookbag Santa. Definitely a class act!"
                       - Gary Hunt, President Bookbag Santa Inc.

"Ragtop, one of our regularly-appearing bands, is a consistent crowd-pleaser.  They play a nice variety and appeal to all age groups.  I ask a lot of regular customers what they think of the bands we have and RagTop always gets positive reviews.  We plan to continue booking them when we resume music on our deck next spring.
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                        -Bill Gaul, owner, Three Li'l Pigs BBQ   Daleville, VA

At Sponsor Hounds We book RagTop every chance we get.  Jim and Renee continue to get great reviews from our guests and they're always a terrific addition to our lineup.  They adjust their performances for the crowd and they are always a calm influence on a hectic event day.  They are willing to work with us if small timing changes need to be made and that is a great help when we are trying to fit everything in.  Finally, RagTop is one of the hardest working groups in town and they use every promotional avenue to help draw people to an event, restaurant or special occasion.  WE LOVE
RAGTOP!

                         - Elliot Broyles, Sponsor Hounds (The Blue Ridge Bike Fest,
                           The Roanoke Wing Fest, The Woofstock Dog Festival) Roanoke, VA

 
"We can't wait to have you back at Virginia Mountain Vineyards!  Your last appearance at our annual barrel tasting event was such a huge success!  Everyone had such a great time listening to your music on our new patio. Thanks for coming out and playing for us."
                         - Dave & Marie Gibbs, Owners Virginia Mountain Vineyards Fincastle, VA

"Missing you now, thinking of us then. Oh how I wish I could see you again"  - RagTop '"Missletoe and Memories" Christmas 2017