“The Godfather of Americana” – Mojo
Jason Ringenberg was born and raised on an Illinois hog farm that bordered the Rock Island Line Railroad. He left for Nashville July 4 1981 to pursue his dream of “making a band that could kick American roots music into the modern age!” Little did he know just how far the kick would travel. He immediately formed Jason & The Scorchers and never looked back. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s they tore up venues across the planet and became known as one of the most exciting live bands in music.
“On classic LPs like Fervor and Lost and Found they singlehandedly rewrote the history of rock ‘n roll in the South.” - Rolling Stone
Their instinctive ability to combine traditional country music with high-energy punk rock has not been surpassed to this day. In 2008 they were awarded the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. There is an exhibit of them in the Country Music Hall of Fame.