Jason Ringenberg - A Pocketful Of Soul
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A Pocketful Of Soul (Courageous Chicken, 2000)

Jason Ringenberg

Reviewed by Dan Williams

Jason Ringenberg earned his spurs as leader and singer of Jason & The Scorchers, a barn-burning combo well ahead of the alt.-country curve. Given that band's propensity for overdrive (think guitarist Warner Hodges spinning in circles), this solo release is a suprising low-keyed charmer.

Originally intended to be distributed solely to family & friends, "Pocketful" is a largely acoustic back-to-rudiments move. Call it front-porch Jason.

"Oh Lonesome Prairie" pays tribute to his Illinois farm roots, complete with wind-rustling sound effects. Elsewhere, he serves up the inspired yawp of "Under Your Command," the hard twang of the title track, and ballads like "For Addie Rose"- a heartfelt paean to his young daughter. Added bonus attractions: the fiery instrumental "Hay Baling Time," and a straight, and beautifully-sung take on the standard "Whispering Pines," most commonly-associated with the late Johnny Horton.

Ringenberg Unplugged stands solidly alongside his band's rowdier, more electrified efforts.

CDs by Jason Ringenberg

Stand Tall, 2019 Best Tracks and Side Tracks, 2008 Rockin' in the Forest with Farmer Jason, 2006 A Day at the Farm with Farmer Jason, 2003

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