Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Jason Ringenberg CD review

Jason Ringenberg - Best Tracks And Side Tracks
12 May 2008

Billed as the 'original roots barnstormer' Jason Ringenberg, of Jason And The Scorchers releases a double CD to mark 30 years of music. Disc 1 is a best of 20 chronologically listed tracks; some are re-edited including 'Bible And A Gun' featuring Steve Earl and 'One Less Heartache' featuring The Wildhearts. Disc 2 is a careful selection of rarities curated by Ringenberg.

For those who don't know Ringenberg is in the Country Music Hall of Fame and is credited as the patriarch of Americana, alt-country and cow-punk. His pioneering musical imprint, fusing country and rock together, is equal to either Gram Parson's or Uncle Tupelo.

Yet to these ears it all sounds painfully hillbilly, boot stomping yee-haw! country. His influence is legendary, and I appreciate what he's done but unless you have a cowboy hat and string tie in your wardrobe this might just test your tolerance to country music.

For fans of: Uncle Tupelo, Townes Van Zandt, Blue Mountain
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