AltCountry Rocker Jason Ringenberg to Perform at Newport's Southgate House Revival

After performing as Farmer Jason for several years, Ringenberg made his triumphant return to the grown-up music world last year with 'Stand Tall,' his first solo album since 2004

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Jason Ringenberg
Long before terms like AltCountry, Roots Rock and Americana were used for established genres — heck, even before “Alternative” had entered the musical lexicon — Jason Ringenberg was blazing trails with his red-hot Cowpunk band Jason and the Scorchers. An influential act that received a lifetime achievement award in 2008 from the Americana Music Association, the Scorchers burned bright throughout the ’80s and ’90s, before Ringenberg threw himself into a solo career at the turn of the century.

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. 

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