Jason Ring | Patchwork

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Patchwork

by Jason Ring

An energetic blend of blues, bluegrass, jazz and ragtime. This multifaceted artist and his "flaming fingers" are guaranteed to captivate and astound audiences.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. Driving Song
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2. Working On A Building
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3. Bag Of Tennessee
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4. Banjology
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5. Onus
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6. Train 45
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7. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
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8. The Argument
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9. Jebediah's Heartbreak
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10. Hallelujah
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11. Float
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12. Shake Down Rider Blues
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13. Welcome To Nashville
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14. Gold Watch And Chain
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15. Comin' Home Baby
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16. Simplify
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jason Ring: vocals, guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass and mouth flugel


Of his more recent awards, as of Spring 2007, are his three winnings at the 2006 Virginia Bluegrass Music State Championships. Jason was awarded third place in the guitar, the banjo, and the dobro competitions.

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The south has too many musical traditions to recall...but now there is one entertainer who embodies them all.

From his birth in Galax, Virginia in the shadow of the world-famous Galax Fiddler's Convention to his love and mastery of the Delta Blues and everything in between, Jason Ring is one that impresses.

His music is a 25 year stew still in the brew. At the age of 5, by the instruction of his family, Jason started playing bluegrass and piedmont blues. Over time jazz, ragtime, and gypsy swing made it's way through his music. While skillfully being able to play almost any stringed instrument including guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro and bass - he's also savvy enough to throw down on a smooth skat including his impressive "mouth trumpet." All this skill along with those "flaming fingers" enable Jason's style to be unmatched.

Now this multi-faceted artist has recorded his latest CD, Patchwork, which powerfully displays not only his skills as a musician but also demonstrates his passionate energy and love of traditional roots music with a spin.

You decide - buy today !

To learn more, please visit www.jasonringlive.com


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Dan MacIntosh - Indie-Music.com

A title like Patchwork suggests a scattered, odds ‘n sods collection. Yet this f
Jason Ring is one of those one-man-band guys. In this case, his band is of the country-bluegrass-blues, one-person unit variety. Patchwork finds Ring playing guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, resonator guitar, and mouth flugel (a horn-imitating vocal technique rather an actual instrument). Oh, and he also sings.

Patchwork is a 16-song mixture of originals and covers. One self-written banjo instrumental exercise, titled “Banjology,” comes off especially nicely, like Mozart-meets-“Deliverance.” A few of this disc’s covers are traditionals, including “Working on a Building” and “Gold Watch and Chain,” the latter made popular by The Carter Family. Mr. Ring also takes on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Ring is a skillful player and a fine singer to boot. His choice in covers reveals a lover of song as well as a man that enjoys plucking at his various stringed things. He's at his band-iest on "Train," which finds Ring playing a large variety of instruments on the track.

Mark E. Waterbury - Music Morsels

If this guy keeps it up, they could be talking about him decades from now like t
Some people are afraid to stray too far from tradition in the realms of bluegrass and folk. Virginia's Jason Ring is far from afraid as he proves with his unique perspectives on this excellent CD. "Driving Song" kicks starts the disc with a frenetic, avant garde bluegrass instrumental. "Working On A Building" showcases Jason's folksy but emotive vocals. Along with very solid songwriting capabilities, Jason's acoustic guitar and banjo plucking are nothing less than phenomenal. If this guy keeps it up, they could be talking about him decades from now like they talk about Bill Monroe today.

Joe Ross

Plenty of vigor and enthusiasm
Playing Time – 64:30 -- Jason Ring’s debut certainly rings true as a personification of his character and musicianship. As the only musician on this generous hour-long project, Ring provides vocals, guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass and mouth flugel. His eclectic, mostly original set creates many moods by drawing inspiration from a multi-genre concoction of bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz and ragtime. The solo album has considerable individualism and moments of impressive musicianship and emotionally-charged vocalizing from the Galax, Va. native who was a third place multi-instrumental winner (guitar, banjo, Dobro) at the 2006 Virginia Bluegrass Music Championships. Ring’s stripped down approach is also a showcase that makes for a very accessible presentation.

Ring’s prowess on guitar is best displayed on his finger-picked original called “Onus” and his jazzy cover of “Comin’ Home Baby.” A six-minute banjo composition, “Banjology” comes from a live recording in which he’s heard joking with the audience that he might have called the piece “Because I Can.” Another original, “Float” creates a kaleidoscope of leisurely sound as the nimble-fingered Ring produces an interpretive resonance with the Dobro. “The Argument” is a multi-tracked sonic conversation between Jason’s various instruments. Jason’s unpretentious, bluesy vocals appear in a number of covers from the likes of Blind Willie McTell, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Ben Tucker/Bob Dorough, and traditional sources. Unfortunately, his own “Welcome to Nashville” is a bit lackluster as it decries the town’s approach to “processed country music” before ending with an instrumental reprise of “Wildwood Flower.” While some additional vocal harmony (and perhaps guest fiddling) would have taken “Patchwork” to an even higher overall level, there’s still plenty of vigor and enthusiasm on an album that always keeps Jason Ring as the well-deserved center of attention. (Joe Ross, 29 Palms, CA)