Farmer Jason Celebrates Christmas on the Farm

[this will be part of the holiday guide]

He may have a larger-than-life career as an award-winning musical pioneer in the alt-country world, but for Jason Ringenberg, itâ€TMs the smallest things that have brought him the most success. And thatâ€TMs meant literally: Ringenberg, whoâ€TMs famous for founding Nashvilleâ€TMs Jason & the Scorchers and has earned the title of “Godfather of Americana,” decided a little over a decade ago to try his hand at making music especially for his youngest fans. A regular columnist for Local Table Magazine, Farmer Jason has released his very first Christmas record, Christmas on the Farm. The new collection is an even split of six original tunes, plus six holiday standards.

Inspired by his own kids, Ringenberg developed the persona of “Farmer Jason,” entertaining children with rocking tunes based on his own childhood growing up on a farm. Three albums later, heâ€TMs become so popular in the kidsâ€TM space that heâ€TMs won a Parentsâ€TM Choice Gold Award and even starred in his own PBS program, which itself has won an Emmy.

The original tunes arenâ€TMt your average carols! Farmer Jason explains that all he wants for Christmas is “a punk-rock skunk,” notes that Santa sometimes gives his reindeer a rest and hops on a John Deere instead, and implores everyone to simply eat your fruitcake, already!

“My goal with this recording is not only to entertain families during the holiday season, but also to subtly teach children something about the rural connections to Christmas traditions,” he explains, adding, “â€~Away in a Mangerâ€TM was chosen to show how farm animals played a major role in the Christmas story.”

The album, co-produced by Grammy-nominated producers Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz, is ostensibly aimed at children, but is sure to appeal to adults who are seeking fresh holiday music with a bit of sophistication that the entire family can enjoy.