“The Godfather of Americana” –Mojo
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 that 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). In 2008, .JASON AND THE SCORCHERS were awarded the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. The band also has a permanent exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Their instinctive ability to combine traditional country music with high-energy punk rock has not been surpassed to this day.
Ringenberg, dubbed the “Godfather of Americana” by Mojo Magazine decided to go solo in 1992. He has released seven records to high critical praise and tours 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 upcoming 2021 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!