There’s something reassuring in Jason Ringenberg’s continued dedication to the values that lit his fuse some 40 years in the past. Then within the function of singer with Jason & the Scorchers, Ringenberg was within the vanguard of cow(boy)-punk, an adrenalin-fuelled sub-genre that, impressed by the likes of the Intercourse Pistols, sought to shake up Nashville.
In time cow-punk would dissolve into alt.nation and Americana, nevertheless it had its second. As he informed lonesomehighway.com, “I’m pleased with the affect Jason & the Scorchers had on nation music . . . There have been others making massive statements as effectively, however we made our’s with an entire lot of quantity and noise.”
Quick ahead via a strong performing life, notable lately for his youngsters’s music character Farmer Jason. Now, at 62, Ringenberg has come out with a sturdy assortment of twanging songs that handle the horrors of conflict, the value the Freedom Riders paid, the tragedy of Native Americana, Nashville’s perfidious nature and, extra personally, whether or not there’s a place “on this world for my freeway songs”.
The reply is sure. At greatest the songs exude vitality and dedication. However there’s additionally a sameness which, alongside along with his high-pitched voice, can put on skinny.
Producer and multi-instrumentalist George Bradfute is excellent. He may not be the Scorchers of their heyday, however Ringenberg’s belief is handsomely repaid.