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Jason and the Scorchers will receive Americana Lifetime Achievement award, reunite for show

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 – Cow punkers Jason and the Scorchers will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Performance Award at the annual Americana Honors and Awards show Sept. 18 at the Ryman Auditorium. Original Jason and the Scorchers members Jason Ringenberg, Warner Hodges, Jeff Johnson and Perry Baggs will be on hand to accept the honor and perform together for the first time in more than a decade.

Directly following the awards ceremony, Ringenberg and Hodges will front a band performing a set of Scorchers' originals at a venue to be announced..

Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring a band led by Buddy Miller, the Honors & Awards ceremony will also toast winners in six member-voted categories: Album, Artist, Instrumentalist, New and Emerging Artist, Song and Duo/Group of the Year. The AMA will also recognize iconic troubadour John Hiatt with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting. Slated for Wednesday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 20, the ninth Annual Americana Festival and Conference will offer daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Nashville Convention Center. Each evening brings music showcases.

CD reviews for Jason & the Scorchers

Halcyon Times CD review - Halcyon Times
"It doesn't matter what we thought in 1993/Everything has got to change, including you and me," wails Jason Ringenberg in the midst of the balls-out rock and roll of Mona Lee, one of the songs on the first Jason & the Scorchers studio album in 14 years. Change may indeed be inevitable, but the question on the mind of long-time followers and fans is nonetheless likely to be whether those things that made the Scorchers the Scorchers - their singular combination of fervent rock and »»»
Wildfires + Misfires: Two Decades Of Outtakes And Rarities
Fans of the Jason & The Scorchers - the band that dared to mix country music with Led Zeppelinesque guitar pyrotechnics and sonic drum booms - will thrill to the release of this disc. Contained within: top-quality demos of "hits" like the Scorchers' definitive take on Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie"; live takes on the oft-covered "Long Black Veil," "Lost Highway" and "Polk Salad Annie"; inclusions of "never-heards" like "Bone" and "Break Open The Sky" and different versions of tunes such as »»»
Midnight Roads & Stages Seen
Count on this when the Scorchers come to town: It's gonna be loud. On their new double live album, the band that blows country music wide open is at it again, with a set straight from the Exit/In, one of their favorite Nashville haunts. True to form, the Scorchers detonate everything in sight, from their cover of Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie" (perhaps the only Dylan cover - aside from Jimi Hendrix' "All Along The Watchtower"- to improve vastly on the original) to their classic "Broken »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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