In the early ’80s, Jason and The Scorchers rose to prominence as champions of country-punk, shaking up the country genre’s conservative underpinnings from Nashville, the country mecca. Forty years later, its frontman, Jason Ringenberg, continues to play a flamboyant and brash cowboy on stage with undeniable wit and empathy, as he demonstrated in Room Z at another Zombie Sounds Fest concert.
Accompanied by acoustic guitar alone, Ringenberg is adequate and more than enough to offer a very entertaining show, which is as useful for a joint or honky tonk as it is for saving a cruise or bingo for the elderly, without Offensive Intent: You can tell the guy has a great time on stage, he has Cascoporo’s act and he’s a true entertainer who also intersperses anecdotes and war stories between song and song.
Introducing their latest album, ‘Rhinestoned’
Of course, he used many songs from his old band’s golden age, such as ‘Lost Highway’, the ballad ‘Pray for Me, Mama (Now I’m a Gypsy)’, ‘The Bible and a Gun’, ‘Harvest Moon’ , ‘White Lies’ or what was their first single, their special version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Absolutely Sweet Mary’. Some pieces from his latest album (‘Rhinestoned’) are heard from his solo stage, such as ‘Window Town’ and ‘I Road with Crazy Horse’, in which he defines the famous Sioux chief as “one of the great American heroes”. Did. In addition to important titles like ‘Link Ray’ or ‘God Bless The Ramones’, a tribute to the New York bands that were a major influence in Jason’s early days.
But it didn’t end there, as Ringenberg also showed his side as Farmer Jason, a parallel project for kids, with songs like ‘The Tractor Goes Chug Chug Chug’ or ‘Punk Rock Skunk’. Whoa, the punk cowboy is still riding.