O Jays road manager. Don King prison chauffeur. window washer. house painter. Ink Spot. Domino. producer. engineer. label owner. guitorgan technician. and one-time steward of a coveted Jet Magazine delivery route. Lou Ragland is Cleveland s Eastside success story. Though suffocated by Lake Eries nitrate rich waters and the burning oil from a Cuyahoga River fire. between 1967-1977 Lou Ragland produced the most thoughtful. hopeful. and downright soulful work to come out of the Forest City. Bookended by his dynamic albums Hot Chocolate and Understand Each Other. I Travel Alone gathers period singles. collaborations. and an unreleased live album cut in 1973. revealing a Cleveland genius in a musical microcosm of fearless and confident creation.