Good for you | by Nova Beall
On Jan. 25, singer-songwriter Jason Ringenberg performed as his alter-ego, Farmer Jason, for students at St. Paul's School, Clearwater.
Ringenberg's musical career took off in the 1980s with Jason and the Scorchers, a band that pioneered the fusion of punk rock and country. He eventually embarked upon a solo career that takes him to venues across the country and abroad. His musical influences include folk, country and rock 'n' roll.
The idea for Farmer Jason came about in 2003 when Ringenberg wanted to make a CD that his two preschool daughters could listen to while he was on the road. A Day At The Farm With Farmer Jason was released the same year, featuring songs with titles like A Guitar-picken' Chicken and Corny Corn.
Another release, Rockin' In the Forest With Farmer Jason, came out in 2007 with a collection of similarly themed songs including Punk Rock Skunk and He's A Moose On the Loose.
When performing as Jason Ringenberg, he will arrive at tour venues ahead of time so his alter-ego, dressed in overalls and a straw hat, can entertain children at an early show.
During his visit to St. Paul's School, Farmer Jason encouraged everyone to sing, dance and appreciate nature. He also motivated students to get excited about ecology, farm animals and music.
"The kids here at St. Paul's are a great bunch of folks and very well-taught," said Ringenberg after the show. "I had a wonderful time hanging out with them."
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