November 22, 1958 |
Kewanee, Illinois, USA
|Genres||Country rock, Alt.country, Rock|
Yep Roc Records
|Associated acts||Jason & the Scorchers|
Ringenberg was most influential in the mid-1980s when the indie country/rock fusion movement was at its height. His music, and that of similar bands, served as the foundation of the emergence of the alternative country and Americana genres within indie rock music.
Jason Ringenberg was born in Kewanee, Illinois and grew up in nearby Sheffield, Illinois, where his parents ran a hog farm. He started playing in rock, alternative rock, and country-bands in 1980. In 1981, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he soon formed Jason and the Scorchers with Warner Hodges, Jeff Johnson, and Perry Baggs. Their potent mix of punk rock and country gained them fans around the world. In the words of Rolling Stone they "singlehandedly re-wrote the history of rock'n'roll in the South". They won critical approval with the release of successful albums and energetic live performances. In 2008, they were awarded the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance.
Ringenberg has also seen success as a solo artist. He has released five solo records and toured as a solo artist. He now performs both solo as Jason Ringenberg and as his children's music character, Farmer Jason, often performing as both personas in the same day. On November 29, 2014, he performed for children as Farmer Jason and later in the evening as Jason Ringenberg for rock and country fans at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Ringenberg created his children's music character, Farmer Jason, in 2002 to entertain his own daughters. He then released his first children's record on the Yep Roc Records label; A Day at the Farm with Farmer Jason, in 2003.  The character remains popular and has become the most successful project of his career. As Farmer Jason, he sings songs about farm animals and the appreciation of nature. His PBS mini program called "It's a Farmer Jason" has earned four Emmy nominations and one Emmy win. He has recorded four records and a DVD as Farmer Jason. The fourth album, Christmas on the Farm with Farmer Jason, was released in December 2014.
Jason now lives near Bon Aqua, Tennessee, with his wife Suzy; daughters Kelsey, Addie, and Camille; and a barnyard full of animals.
Jason & The Scorchers
- Reckless Country Soul (Praxis, 1982). EP
- Fervor (Praxis, 1983), rereleased in 1984 for EMI.
- Lost & Found (EMI, 1986).
- Still Standing (EMI, 1986).
- Thunder and Fire (A&M, 1989).
- Are You Ready For The Country: The Essential Jason & The Scorchers. Volume One (EMI, 1992)
- A Blazing Grace (Mammoth, 1995).
- Clear Impetuous Morning (Mammoth, 1996).
- Both Sides of The Line (EMI, 1996)
- Midnight Roads and Stages Seen (Mammoth, 1998)
- Rock on Germany (Coragenous Chicken Music, 2001)
- Wildfires & Misfires: Two Decades of Outtakes and Rarities (Coragenous Chicken, 2002).
- Halycon TImes (Coragenous Chicken, 2010).
- One Foot in The Honky Tonk (Liberty, 1992)
- A Pocketful of Soul (2000)
- All Over Creation (2002)
- Empire Builders (2004)
- Best Tracks and Side Tracks (2008)
As Farmer Jason
- A Day at the Farm With Farmer Jason (2003)
- Rockin' In The Forest With Farmer Jason (2006)
- Nature Jams (2012)
- Christmas on the Farm with Farmer Jason (2014)
- Chris Parker (26 November 2014). "Reap or Sow: Five words with Jason Ringenberg". Indy Week. pp. 25, 26.
- Thom Jurek (2014). "Jason Ringenberg: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
- "Long Time Epi Player Jason Ringenberg To Be Honored With Jason And The Scorchers". Epiphone. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2014.