Jason Ringenberg, Best Tracks and Side Tracks 1979-2007

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Known primarily for his '80s work with the cowpunk group Jason & the Scorchers, Jason Ringenberg has always been just a few years ahead of his time. Too early for the rise of country rock radio or to even take advantage of the money being thrown at alt.country acts under the Scorchers 'name, the best Ringenberg has done commercially is under his Farmer Jason guise singing children's songs. It's a shame, too, as Ringenberg has plenty of material that falls under the shoulda/woulda/coulda tag, as evidenced by this greatest hits/B-sides collection that attempts to sum up his solo career. On it, you'll hear new renditions of Scorchers material ("Shop It Around" kicks off the disc), unreleased music and classic solo tunes. Heck, there's even a song from Shakespeare's Riot, Ringenberg's pre-Scorchers band. ("Help There's a Fire.") What more could you ask for?