He also started a fun side-hustle that would become a fruitful main-gig — using the pseudonym Farmer Jason, Ringenberg’s children’s music project became highly successful, producing four albums and a series of interstitial videos that aired on PBS stations and earned several Emmy nominations.
Ringenberg made his triumphant return to the grown-up music world last year with Stand Tall, his first solo album since 2004. The album was the result of an “artist-in-residence” program with the National Park Service; his time spent in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California sparked a wealth of new material. The album’s deft mix of Country and Rock and Ringenberg’s inspired songwriting made Stand Tall a triumphant return to form. Country Standard Time said the album “incorporates most everything Ringenberg has stood for” and “recaptures Ringenberg's fire-brand approach to rockin' country punk.”
8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. $18; $20 day of show. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, southgatehouse.com.