It was with sorrow that we watched Notre Dame in flames earlier this week. For anyone that has visited, you know the serenity and awe that walking in brought. Notre Dame is as much a testament to faith as it is to the greatness in man for its scope and ...

Jason Ringenberg "John the Baptist Was a Real Humdinger" and more...


Jason Ringenberg "John the Baptist Was a Real Humdinger"

 

It was with sorrow that we watched Notre Dame in flames earlier this week. For anyone that has visited, you know the serenity and awe that walking in brought. Notre Dame is as much a testament to faith as it is to the greatness in man for its scope and beauty. We persevere, we rebuild, we carry on. This is Holy Week, and its an unusual one, as both Passover and Easter are aligned this year. No matter what you celebrate, or even if you don’t, spring is the season of renewal and rebirth. And leave it to Jason Ringenberg to bring a fresh slant to the story of John The Baptist.

So you know, Jason is the eponymous "Jason" of Jason & The Scorchers, yes, the original punk roots barnstormers. J&TS brought an early take to the world of Cow Punk Rock and Roll, paving the way for what would become Americana itself. Jason hadn’t recorded a new album for quite a while, nor was he planning to, until he got an offer from the Parks Service to write in a cabin in Sequoia National Park. The tunes came bubbling up. The new album is called Stand Tall, and this is one of the songs you will find on it, “John The Baptist Was a Real Humdinger.” And yeah, so is Jason Ringenberg! Here is the Music Fog recording from this past February in Nashville, part of our 10th Anniversary Sessions.

- Jessie Scott

      
 

Liz Brasher "Cold Baby"

 

It has been quite the week, as WMOT commemorated the moment it first signed on the air 50 years ago with a live broadcast. Liz Brasher was on hand. AJ Croce joined us, as did Adam Wakefield and his amazing band. Look for video from Adam here at Music Fog before too long. I like to reminisce about milestones like this. What was happening in music in 1969 was nothing short of the tectonic plates shifting. Take Woodstock and Altamont, for instance, they were miles apart and stark opposites in just a few short months. Woodstock is about to celebrate its 50th, and today’s Music Fog video comes from Liz Brasher, who has been asked to perform at Woodstock.

Liz is an amazing creature; big powerful voice, bad ass guitar slinger, band leader extraordinaire, and quite the music historian as well. Her travels have taken her from North Carolina, to Chicago, to now making her home in Memphis. Today’s song was written in Chicago, in the chill of winter, but she takes that somewhere else with “Cold Baby.” Here is the Music Fog video of NPR Music Slingshot artist Liz Brasher.

- Jessie Scott

      
 

Becky Warren "We're All We Got"

 

What were you doing in 1969? My radio station, WMOT, was signing on for the very first time. It happened on April 9th at 5pm, and we are celebrating the moment with an event at that very time. Liz Brasher, AJ Croce and Adam Wakefield will be joining us to bring the tunes and WMOT will be broadcasting live, plus providing a live video feed on NPR Music/VuHaus. 1969 was just a bit before I got into radio, but FM was already a focus for me. The music was hypnotic. It was also a cultural beacon, bringing us together to protest, and soothing our souls. It was an important voice in our lives. Of course, we Foggers still think it is.

Today’s video is from the courageous Becky Warren, who writes from a very 60’s perspective, putting danger aside to get the story. Her last album was centered in the stories of returning soldiers. The new album, Undesirable, was written from the perspective of the folks selling newspapers on the corners of Nashville streets. Becky hung out with them to gain their trust and hear their stories. It begat songs that are deep and rich. Check this out and see if it doesn’t resonate. We know these folks...we see them every day. Becky Warren’s “We’re All We Got,” as captured by Music Fog this past February in Nashville.

- Jessie Scott

      
 


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