The Original Roots Punk Barnstormer

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 travel.

He immediately formed Jason and the Scorchers and never looked back. Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s 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.  There is an exhibit of them in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

But Ringenberg’s story does not stop there. In 1999 the “Godfather of Americana” (Mojo) decided to go solo. He has released five solo cds where his songwriting has been lauded by everyone from the BBC to USA TODAY.  Touring the world relentlessly, The Times (UK) called him “one of the most exciting performers of his generation”. So don’t go to his shows expecting to see a sensitive singer-songwriter sitting on a stool. With his acoustic guitar and fearless charisma he will rock the house.

 

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Video Biography: WSIU Infocus, PBS Carbondale 2014

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