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Playing Around: Jason Ringenberg 

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The New York Times has dubbed Jason Ringenberg -- frontman, vocalist and songwriter for alt-country rockers Jason and the Scorchers -- "the prototypical country punk." The Tennessean heralded him as "Nashville's most electrifying performer," and The London Times declared: "Ringenberg has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic live performers of his generation."

In 2001, Ringenberg took his solo show on the road and audiences didn't really know what to expect after 20 years of electrifying performances with the Scorchers. But Ringenberg's solo act is burning up stages across America and was proclaimed Best Solo Show of 2001 by The Chicago Sun-Times. Ringenberg "proved he could still rock without the heat of the band," said the Sun-Times. Capping off Ringenbergs's solo foray is his latest CD, All Over Creation, featuring duets with Steve Earle, BR549, Tommy Womack, Kristi Rose, Lambchop and others. Garnering raves from reviewers, the songs range from ballads to country howlers to pounding rock. Ringenberg characterizes his work as "a folkabilly blitzkreig" but prefers the title handed him by writer David Purcell: "The Rockinest Folk Singer That Ever Lived."

See the superlatives come to life at Jose Muldoon's free show on Friday night. On Saturday, Ringenberg moves it up to Denver and the Mercury Caf.

-- Kathryn Eastburn

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