CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM WITH..
COURAGEOUS CHICKEN ENTERTAINMENT CCE CD 015
CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM–SANTA DROVE A BIG JOHN DEERE–UP ON THE HOSETOP–ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A PUNK ROCK SKUNK–HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING–CHRISTMAS RIDDLE–THE ANIMALS SANG–RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER–AWAY IN A MANGER–EAT YOUR FRUITCAKE–JINGLE BELLS–WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
For those who may not be familiar, legendary frontman for Jason and the Scorchers and an artist who has garnered the nickname “The Godfather Of Americana,” Jason Ringenberg has a cool alter-ego who makes music for children. Inspired by his own children plus the fact that he himself grew up on a farm has led to Farmer Jason releasing three albums for children, and led to an Emmy-winning PBS program. He has long wanted to release a Christmas album, and that idea has come to fruition. “Christmas On The Farm” is an even split of yuletide classics and Jason’s own holiday-themed originals. Joining Jason on this set are some of Music City’s most talented sidemen, including Dave Roe, Peter Cooper, Kristi Rose, Fats Kaplin, and the inimitable “Last of the Full-Grown Men,” Webb Wilder.
The set kicks off with the rockin’ title cut, which also features Justin Moses on banjo and fiddle. Jason reminds us that sometimes, Santa gave the reindeer a rest, instead opting for “A Big John Deere.”
Jason slyly and subtly conveys a message to the younger listeners to get them to realize the importance of the farm animals, who were all around the manger where Jesus was born. This is evidenced in “The Animals Sang,” with the farm transforming into “a holy place.”
As for the classics, we were partial to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” performed by Jason, Dave Roe, Molly Felder and Kelli Workman, done acoustically, around Kelli’s piano. And, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” features a Figgy Pudding poem by Webb Wilder!
The originals are just as much fun, too. We enjoyed Jason and Peter Cooper’s horn-heavy “All I Want For Christmas (Is A Punk Rock Skunk).” And, Jason reminds us all to “Eat Your Fruitcake and save a landfill!”
Farmer Jason has crafted a fine holiday set that will appeal to the young and young at heart. “Christmas On The Farm” is a ton of fun, and teaches the young’uns how farm and family tie into the traditions of Christmas. Eat your fruitcake, already, ok!! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.