A Ragamuffin Band Sites: Wikipedia Aliases: The Ragamuffins Members: Aaron Smith, Jimmy Abegg, Mark Robertson, Rick Elias Variations: A Ragamuffin Band, Ragamuffin Band, Ragamuffins, The Ragamuffin Band, The Ragamuffins
A Ragamuffin Band was a musical group founded by Rich Mullins in 1993, when he gathered friends from other bands to back him on his A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band album. The band continued to record and tour with Mullins, and even carried on after his 1997 death. The group's name is derived from Brennan Manning's 1990 book The Ragamuffin Gospel, which defines ragamuffins as "the burdened, the wobbly and weak-kneed, the inconsistent, unsteady disciples... the smart people who know they are stupid... the honest disciples who admit they are scalawags".
On February 2, 2019 the band reunited to perform The Jesus Record in its entirety with several guest artists to raise funds for member Rick Elias, who had been diagnosed with brain cancer the previous year. Elias died two months later on April 2, 2019.