Jason Ringenberg Recounts Opening for The Ramones on ‘God Bless The Ramones’: Premiere


Jason Ringenberg hasn't made a lot music as both himself or along with his longtime band The Scorchers lately, spending most of his time within the guise of household music act Farmer Jason. But an invite from the National Parks Service to spend a month in northern California's Sequoia National Park creating music was too good to go up — and resulted within the new Stand Tall album, whose feral "God Bless the Ramones" is premiering solely beneath.

"The National Park Service known as me up and mentioned, 'Would you wish to be the Artist in Residence at Sequoia National Park for a month?' and earlier than they mentioned 'month' I mentioned sure," says Ringenberg, who's releasing the partly crowd-funded Stand Tall Feb. 7 on his personal Courageous Chicken Entertainment label.

He did a few reveals throughout that point, each as himself and as Farmer Jason, however principally Ringenberg says "they only wished me to wander round and write songs. I didn't even have to put in writing songs about sequoias. I might write what I wished to put in writing about.

"It was a life-changing expertise. Any time you spend that a lot time in one among our nice nationwide parks, it's gonna change you, no query about it."

The expertise led to Ringenberg's "first grownup music in an extended, very long time" — since 2004 on his personal and since 2010 with the Scorchers (should you take into account that grownup). He took the Sequoia songs to Murphysboro, Ill, the place Ringenberg recorded the 11-song set with co-producer Mike Lescelius, mixing anthems such because the title monitor with cheeky historic observations ("Lookin' Back Blues," "John the Baptist Was a Real Humdinger," "John Muir Stood Here"), the solemn "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" and, sure, a tune about his circumstances in "Here within the Sequoias." And, Ringenberg notes, "I wrote a tune about the Ramones and us opening for the Ramones beneath this big Sequoia tree named after the primary African-American colonel within the U.S. Army (Charles Young) and likewise the primary African-American commandant of the National Park Service — how can that go improper?"

"God Bless the Ramones" is, in actual fact, a real-life musical memoir of the week the Scorchers spent opening for the enduring punk troupe in Texas again in 1982. "We had been only a bunch of hillbillies from Nashville; We'd achieved reveals across the nation, however this was an entire new degree," Ringenberg recollects. "We didn't have a clue what was going to occur. I’ve nothing however good issues to say about how they handled us — Dee Dee, particularly. He gave us bass strings, rooster wings, beer from their dressing room. Everybody was very nice to us — besides the group.

"This was earlier than you can test issues out on the Internet. We had no concept that it was custom at Ramones reveals to utterly bombard the opening band with…properly, issues I can't repeat in a publication. Very, very vile stuff. Having mentioned that, we received a variety of followers out of it, too, as a result of we didn't again down."

Ringenberg is planning to assist Stand Tall with 4 weekly residency reveals beginning Feb. 7 on the 5 Spot in Nashville together with a March 9 present in Carbondale, Ill., adopted by a U.Ok. tour — along with Farmer Jason concert events. He additionally has "one other half a file" written that he hopes to settle into recording sooner or later. "This is difficult me sufficient, I can inform ya," Ringenberg says of Stand Tall. "There’s much more to maintain up with within the music enterprise now than there was 10 years in the past. I actually can't consider the response we received for this; People had been simply stepping up and contributing some huge cash. It actually touched me, truly — very deeply."