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Classic Album Review: Jason Ringenberg | All Over Creation

The Scorchers' frontman gets by with help from his friends on his second solo set.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Jason Ringenberg may be (slightly) better known as the leader of pioneering roots-rock outfit Jason And The Scorchers. But his second solo effort makes it clear they aren’t the only friends he’s got.

Inspired by the new musical acquaintances he made during a solo tour, All Over Creation was fittingly recorded in various studios at various times with a rotating cast of players. Not surprisingly, it wanders all over the roots-rock map, from berserk rockabilly (Honky Tonk Maniac From Mars, featuring Hamill on Trial) to shadowy country troubadourism (Bible And A Gun, with Steve Earle) to full-throttle guitar-rock (One Less Heartache, co-starring The Wildhearts) to chamber-folk (Erin’s Seed, with Lambchop). Thankfully, Ringenberg’s sincere back-porch twang and everyman songcraft tie it all together into one rewarding little creation. With friends like these, who needs a band?