When Jason Ringenberg walked onto the stage at Fourth and Pine with the Nashville Scorchers, the two dozen scenemakers masquerading as a crowd never thought for one minute they'd be thinking about this guy twenty-one years later. This was a novelty act, a joke -- and not a particularly good one -- consisting of Hank Williams-style honky tonk played with a frenetic, sloppy punk-rock approach. But the band plugged away and refined its musicianship and is now widely recognized as one of the originators of alternative country, that slippery descriptor applied to all artists who could... More >>>