Jason Ringenberg

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Jason Ringenberg
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Jason Ringenberg performs at Music City Roots in Franklin, Tennessee in 2015
Background information
Also known asFarmer Jason
Born (1958-11-22) November 22, 1958 (age 61)
Kewanee, Illinois U.S.
Genres Country rock
Alt-country
Americana
Cowpunk
Occupation(s)Musician
singer-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
voice
Years active1980–present
Labels EMI
Mammoth Records
Yep Roc Records
Associated acts Jason & the Scorchers
Website JasonRingenberg.com
FarmerJason.com

Jason Ringenberg (born November 22, 1958) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist and the lead singer of Jason & the Scorchers.

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Early life and education

Ringenberg was born in Kewanee, Illinois and grew up in nearby Sheffield, Illinois, where his parents owned a family hog farm that bordered the Rock Island Railroad line. [1] He started playing in rock, alternative rock, and country-bands while in school at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. [2]

Career

In 1981, Ringenberg moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he soon formed Jason and the Scorchers with Warner Hodges, Jeff Johnson, and Perry Baggs. [1] Their potent mix of punk rock and country gained them fans around the world. [1] In the words of Rolling Stone they "singlehandedly re-wrote the history of rock'n'roll in the South". They won critical approval with the release of successful albums and energetic live performances. [3]

Jason & the Scorchers had several hits, including "Golden Ball and Chain" and a rock version of Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie."

Ringenberg was influential in the early to mid 1980s when the indie country/rock movement was at its height. [2] His music, along with similar bands, founded the emergence of the alternative country and Americana genres within indie rock music. [4]

In 2008, Jason and the Scorchers received the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performance Category. [5] [6] [3]

Ringenberg has also seen success as a solo artist. He has released five solo records and toured as a solo artist. The Times (London) called him "one of the most exciting performers of his generation." He now performs both solo as Jason Ringenberg and as his children's music character, Farmer Jason, often performing as both personas in the same day.

Ringenberg created his children's music character, Farmer Jason, in 2002 to entertain his own daughters. [2] He then released his first children's record on the Yep Roc Records label; A Day at the Farm with Farmer Jason, in 2003. [1] The character remains popular and has become the most successful project of his career. As Farmer Jason, he sings songs about farm animals and the appreciation of nature. His PBS mini program called "It's a Farmer Jason" has earned four Emmy nominations and one Emmy win. He has recorded four records and a DVD as Farmer Jason. The fourth album, Christmas on the Farm with Farmer Jason, was released in December 2014. [4]

His newest album "Stand Tall" (2019) was written while he was Artist in Residence at Sequoia National Park. Recorded at his old college haunts in Southern Illinois and also in Nashville, the subjects of the songs range from John the Baptist to The Ramones to a disillusioned Confederate draftee.

Personal life

Ringenberg lives near Bon Aqua, Tennessee, with his wife Suzy; daughters Kelsey, Addie, and Camille; and a barnyard full of animals.

Discography

Jason and The Scorchers

Solo

As Farmer Jason

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Thom Jurek (2014). "Jason Ringenberg: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 Brent Stewart (January 11, 2008). "Coming full circle: Jason Ringenberg returns to Southern Illinois, for album release party at the Liberty Theater". The Suuthern Illinosan. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Long Time Epi Player Jason Ringenberg To Be Honored With Jason and the Scorchers". Epiphone. June 18, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  4. 1 2 Chris Parker (November 26, 2014). "Reap or Sow: Five words with Jason Ringenberg". Indy Week. pp. 25, 26.
  5. "Lifetime Achievement for Performance: 2008: Jason & The Scorchers". Past Lifetime Achievement Winners by Category: Americana Music Festival and Conference. Americana Music Festival and Conference. 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  6. Emily Cary (September 28, 2010). "Jason and the Scorchers bring a hot sound". The Washington Examiner (D.C.). Retrieved November 26, 2015.