Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award-winning punk roots singer-songwriter, performer, and barnstorming force of nature... “The Godfather of Americana" - Mojo
Jason discusses the creative evolution of his latest album...
After writing and recording Stand Tall in 2017-18, I planned to take some time away from music creation to focus on other areas of my life. Stand Tall was such a landmark record for me. It truly changed my life. In early 2020 I had some songs leftover that didn’t quite fit Stand Tall. These weren’t enough to make another record, nor did I have the fire to embark on another recording project.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, songs began to pour out. I felt increasingly excited and driven to record again. I put a guitar and recorder by my bed. I was ready to jump on any idea like a Revolutionary War Minuteman waiting to be called by Paul Revere.
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Jason Ringenberg was born and raised on an Illinois hog farm that bordered the Rock Island Line Railroad. He left for Nashville on 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 travel. 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 “single-handedly 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. The band has an exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
But Ringenberg’s story does not stop there. In 1992 the “Godfather of Americana” (Mojo) decided to go solo. He has released seven records, with everyone from the BBC to USA TODAY lauding his songwriting. Touring the world relentlessly as a solo barnstormer, The Times (UK) called him “one of the most exciting performers of his generation.” In 2002 he created a children’s music character called Farmer Jason, winning an Emmy Award for his PBS program.
In 2017 the U.S. National Park Service invited him to be their Artist-in-Residence at Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. He spent a month hiking the mountains and writing songs. That explosion of creativity yielded two career-defining records: Stand Tall in 2018 and now his newest release, Rhinestoned.
So don’t go to his concerts expecting to see a sensitive singer-songwriter sitting on a stool. With his acoustic guitar and high-energy charisma, he WILL rock the house!
“The Godfather of Americana… the spirit of Woody Guthrie rocks on in Daddy Ringenberg’s boy.”
- Mojo (UK)
“One of the most overlooked country rock pioneers in the business… Ringenberg has gained the reputation as one of the most dynamic live performers of his generation.”
– The Times (UK)
“Although Gram Parsons and Uncle Tupelo have elicited more reverence as country-rock avatars, Jason’s musical imprint remains more vital than either’s.”
- No Depression
“…one of America’s proudest rebels, it is hard to imagine the current Americana scene without his pioneering work…”
- Rolling Stone
“He still has an unbelievable energy level...high kicking around the stage like the 20 something he once was, well still is really. There are few better and none more entertaining.”
- Americana UK
“Jason Ringenberg is Nashville’s most electrifying performer, but his most enduring attribute, his songwriting, is also his most criminally overlooked. “
– USA TODAY