Jason Ringenberg, of the legendary Jason and the Scorchers, has made a name for himself in his own right. As one of the progenitors of the roots rock and alternative country movements, Jason has been called "Nashville's Youngest Legend," the "Godfather of Alt-Country," "Alt-Country's Elder Statesman" (of course when Ringenberg started out there was no such category as alt-country) and even "The Rockinest Folk Singer That Ever Lived." No Depression Magazine, the voice of Alternative Country, described Jason's musical imprint as more vital than either Gram Parson's or Uncle Tupelo's (from whom the magazine takes it's name).
While Ringenberg will always be known as the visionary energetic front man of Jason and the Scorchers-the band that mixed a hard driving blend of rock and roll, country, folk, and punk-it is his ability to communicate sincerity in his music that makes all his work so appealing. It allows him to venture into new places musically while never missing a beat and All Over Creation is no exception. All Over Creation is Jason Ringenberg's follow up to his amazing 2000 solo release, Pocketful of Soul. While Pocketful of Soul was stylistically consistent, with it's gorgeous stripped down acoustic displays of Jason's talent, All Over Creation is exactly as the title implies. Leave it to an artist famous for challenging the system of musical genres to pull off an album of duets and collaborations full of rock and roll, country, folk, and everything in between, in both a coherent and exciting way. This is simply a fantastic album.
What seems clear about this project is that Jason enjoyed making it. The enjoyment of collaboration-writing, playing and recording with Jason's many musical friends is clearly communicated to the listener. Many of the artists performing on this album were, no doubt, directly influenced by Jason. A highlight for Scorchers fans will be the reworking of "Bible And A Gun," originally co-written with Steve Earle for the Scorcher's 1989 Thunder and Fire album. The All Over Creation version has it played as a mournful civil war ballad full of vengeance. Tommy Womack, who co-penned some of the best tracks on the Scorcher's Clear Impetuous Morning album collaborates on a rocking "Too High To See," while the most Scorcheresque song on the disk has to be "One Less Heartache" with The Wildhearts (who, incidentally, have recorded a couple of Scorchers covers). Other highlights include "Honky Tonk Maniac From Mars," "I Dreamed My Baby Came Home," "James Dean's Car," "Erin's Seed," "Last Train to Memphis," and "Camille," an ode to his youngest daughter.
As for the Scorchers, there is something unique and magical about Jason's songs hyped up with Warner Hodges guitar licks and few acts can match the excitement that comes from the band playing together, but with their future presently uncertain, fans can rest a little easier knowing that Jason continues to make some of the best music being recorded today-and All Over Creation is just that!