Christmas on the Farm With….Farmer Jason

Christmas on the Farm With….Farmer Jason
For those of you who think right now is too early to start celebrating the Yuletide, don’t tell that to Farmer Jason. The latest gift from the alter-ego of Jason & the Scorchers frontman Jason Ringenberg is just that – a very enjoyable early Christmas gift. Although aimed at children, this is music that adults will get into as well, with rollicking original tunes as well as interesting takes on beloved classics. The gritty punk-fueled Americana Jason is very evident in songs like “Santa Drove a Big John Deer” and “All I Wont For Christmas (Is a Punk Rock Skunk). Yes, Jason has a silly sense of humor, but like movies by Zucker/Abrams, he knows how to make everyone laugh at silly.  “Up On The Housetop” gets a Johnny Cash boom-chicka treatment while the title track tilts in the bluegrass direction. Jason also creates lovely and reverent versions of hymns such as “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” and “Away in a Manger” featuring the wonderful embellishments of guest vocalists. Jason is not only an excellent storyteller with his musical lyrics, but he also tells stories before most of the songs, giving the CD a real folksy feel like you are sitting around the campfire with him. Of course, you can also mosh with him in the tongue-in-cheek pounder “Eat Your Fruitcake.” So, yes, kids…and adults: there is a Santa. h=He is early this year and his name is Jason. Strap the tree to the top of the family truckster and head to his farm. You will have a blast! – MW



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