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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


Liz Brasher "Cold Baby"

It has been quite the week, as WMOT commemorated the moment it first signed on the air 50 years ago with a live broadcast. Liz Brasher was on hand. AJ Croce joined us, as did Adam Wakefield and his amazing band. Look for video from Adam here at Music Fog before too long. I like to reminisce about milestones like this. What was happening in music in 1969 was nothing short of the tectonic plates shifting. Take Woodstock and Altamont, for instance, they were miles apart and stark opposites in just a few short months. Woodstock is about to celebrate its 50th, and today’s Music Fog video comes from Liz Brasher, who has been asked to perform at Woodstock.

Liz is an amazing creature; big powerful voice, bad ass guitar slinger, band leader extraordinaire, and quite the music historian as well. Her travels have taken her from North Carolina, to Chicago, to now making her home in Memphis. Today’s song was written in Chicago, in the chill of winter, but she takes that somewhere else with “Cold Baby.” Here is the Music Fog video of NPR Music Slingshot artist Liz Brasher.

- Jessie Scott