Jason Ringenberg @ The 5 Spot
“The Godfather of Americana”
Jason Ringenberg was born and raised on an Illinois hog farm that bordered the Rock Island Line Railroad. He left for Nashville July 4 1981 to pursue his dream of “making a band that could kick American roots music into the modern age!” Little did he know just how far the kick would go. He immediately formed Jason and the Scorchers and never looked back. Throughout the 1980s and '90s they tore up venues across the planet and became known as one of the most exciting live bands in music. On classic LPs like Fervor and Lost and Found they “singlehandedly rewrote the history of rock ‘n roll in the South.” (Rolling Stone ) Their instinctive ability to combine traditional country music with high-energy punk rock has not been surpassed to this day. In 2008 they were awarded the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance.
Never one to rest on his laurels, in 1999 the “Godfather of Americana” (Mojo) decided to go solo. He has released five Jason Ringenberg records, with everyone from the BBC to USA Today lauding his songwriting. His high octane one-man show prompted The Times (UK) to call him “one of the most exciting performers of his generation.” In 2002 he created a children’s music character called Farmer Jason, winning numerous awards including an Emmy for his PBS video program. Often this relentless barnstormer will do a Farmer Jason kids show in the daytime and a Jason Ringenberg concert at night in the same city.
His new record Stand Tall was written while doing the Artist in Residence program for the National Park Service at Sequoia National Park. It is not hard to imagine him writing songs while climbing a 10000 foot Sierra Nevada mountain! That restless spirit will not be stilled.
Jason Ringenberg @ Cousin Andy Coffeehouse
Jason Ringenberg @ Princeton Coffee House
FARMER JASON (KIDS SHOWS)