Jason Ringenberg—frontman for the incendiary Nashville country-rock band Jason & the Scorchers—performs two songs and spins tales from his decades with the Scorchers and as a solo act in an interview with the Museum’s Peter Cooper. Ringenberg talks about his songwriting process and offers wisdom from his forty years in the music business. He also plays two songs from his 2021 album, “Rhinestoned”: “The Freedom Rides Weren’t Free” and “Stoned on Rhinestones.”
Ringenberg moved to Nashville from his parents’ Illinois hog farm on July 4, 1981. In little time, he was fronting Jason & the Nashville Scorchers, a band that blended punk ferocity and country roots, with Ringenberg serving as a whirling dervish of a frontman. The Scorchers became the first Nashville-based major label rock act since the Everly Brothers in the 1950s, playing shows with Bob Dylan, Carl Perkins, and R.E.M., and ultimately earning a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association.
In addition to his work with the Scorchers, Ringenberg has recorded acclaimed solo albums. In the interview, he talks about the joys and perils of putting art and individuality over commerce and replication. “I can go to my grave knowing I made a difference,” he says.
Watch bonus tracks from Jason Ringenberg's "Live at the Hall" here: https://watch.countrymusichalloffame.org/videos/jason-ringenberg-bonus-tracks-live-at-the-hall-2021
Explore our public programming: https://countrymusichalloffame.org/plan-your-visit/exhibits-activities/public-programs/
FOLLOW THE MUSEUM