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Friday
Apr192019

Jason Ringenberg "John the Baptist Was a Real Humdinger"

It was with sorrow that we watched Notre Dame in flames earlier this week. For anyone that has visited, you know the serenity and awe that walking in brought. Notre Dame is as much a testament to faith as it is to the greatness in man for its scope and beauty. We persevere, we rebuild, we carry on. This is Holy Week, and its an unusual one, as both Passover and Easter are aligned this year. No matter what you celebrate, or even if you don’t, spring is the season of renewal and rebirth. And leave it to Jason Ringenberg to bring a fresh slant to the story of John The Baptist.

So you know, Jason is the eponymous "Jason" of Jason & The Scorchers, yes, the original punk roots barnstormers. J&TS brought an early take to the world of Cow Punk Rock and Roll, paving the way for what would become Americana itself. Jason hadn’t recorded a new album for quite a while, nor was he planning to, until he got an offer from the Parks Service to write in a cabin in Sequoia National Park. The tunes came bubbling up. The new album is called Stand Tall, and this is one of the songs you will find on it, “John The Baptist Was a Real Humdinger.” And yeah, so is Jason Ringenberg! Here is the Music Fog recording from this past February in Nashville, part of our 10th Anniversary Sessions.

- Jessie Scott

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