The West Lafayette Indiana High School 4×800 Relay Team made a ritual this spring/summer season of psyching up for their meets by listening to Farmer Jason’s “SPELUNKER” song. It must have worked, because they won the State title and set a school record!! Their initial favorite FJ song was “CAN YOU CANOE” but “SPELUNKER” eventually became their “go to” song as they entered the track. The team is made up of Cooper Williams, Mitchell Curl, Evan Johnson, and Dylan Williams. Congratulations guys and great work!!
The Tennessee State Fire Marshall’s office is using a Farmer Jason recording in their new program emphasizing fire prevention education for children. The one minute song, co-written and produced by long time Jason friend and studio wizard Brad Jones, is called “Get On Out”. To really get kids “fired up” about this, the state is doing a contest where kids can make a video to the song and submit it. Winners will get cool prizes including a $500.00 check! It doesn’t have to be a fancy production, a cell phone vid is fine. For more information go to SFMO-Video-Contest. “Get On Out” is listed as the country choice. There is a rock choice by Michael Visconti as well.
Farmer Jason’s recent Louisiana Library Tour was a great success, with many of the shows were filled to capacity. A big team of library managers, Jason’s agency Loyd Artists, local arts councils, state grant people, library system arts administrators, and of course Farmer Jason worked very hard to put together a program where rural, city, suburban, and underprivileged kids could see a Farmer Jason concert for free in their local library. It was an amazing experience for all concerned. The Farmer Jason team would like to thank everyone who helped make it happen for all those kids.
photograph by Per-Owe Andersson
The Guardian (UK) website recently ran a great retrospective piece about Jason & The Scorchers. Click the image to read in full –
We are delighted to announce that Farmer Jason will be doing a residency at the Sequoia National Park June 9-30 2017. He will be staying in a cabin nestled in the woods, writing songs about the park experience, and performing the shows at the park. He will be Rockin’ in the Forest indeed!
I’ve just added a special show on February 27 at The Coupe in Bon Aqua, Tennessee. I’ll be performing as part of a benefit concert for Ayla Holiday who appeared in the Take a Hike video. All proceeds from the show will go to defray costs of Ayla’s Cerebral Palsy surgeries. I’m scheduled to appear at 3:00pm and will be playing Ayla’s favorite Farmer Jason songs.
For any of you Mums and Dads, in or around Music City, who might be fans of Farmer Jason’s grown-up solo work as Jason Ringenberg, we’ve got a treat for you in January. Jason has just announced a run of rare solo shows at The 5 Spot in East Nashville. Jason’s January Jams kick off on Wed 6th of January and each show in the Wednesday night residency will feature a stellar co-star hand-picked by Jason to share the stage with him.
Dates and guests are:
Wed 6th – Webb Wilder
Wed 13th – Peter Copper
Wed 23th – Tommy Womack
Wed 27th – Fats Kaplin & Kristi Rose
Our NEW childrens t-shirt is available in the store now! Full color transfer print on a high quality blaze orange, cotton t-shirt. The perfect holiday stocking-stuffer for this season’s best dressed Farmer Jason fan.
The James Dean Gallery and cities of Fairmont and Marion, Indiana
dedicated a new monument to James Dean at his birth site. During the ceremony they played Jason’s song “James Dean’s Car” from his “All Over Creation”cd.
This was a big summer for all incarnations of Jason. The Scorchers did a very successful mini-run on the UK culminating a headlining spot on the Outlaw Country Stage at the Rambling Man Festival. Both the Leicester and Sheffield shows were sold out. Here is a review of the Leicester show from the UK blog “Three Chords and the Truth“
Farmer Jason’s 2.5 week residency at the Indiana State Fair was a huge success. He did 51 shows in 17 days! This year’s Indiana State Fair theme was “The Year of the Farmer” so Farmer Jason fit right in. In fact the stage was right next to “Fuzzy the Horse” and several dozen vintage tractors! “John Deere” indeed! TV and the press gave his show great coverage including mentions on NBC Affiliate WTHR WISH TV’s morning show feature and the Indy Star’s “Top Six Things To Do In Indianapolis” rundown as well as Indy Star: Hipster Guide to the Fair and NUVO: Nora at the Fair blog