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Dec
12
Jason Ring @ Devil's Backbone Brewing Company

Roseland, Virginia, USA

Roseland, Virginia, USA

Dec
11
Jason Ring @ Devil's Backbone Brewing Company

Roseland, Virginia, USA

Roseland, Virginia, USA

Oct
10
Jason Ring @ Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival

Appomattox, Virginia, USA

Appomattox, Virginia, USA

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Interview with Jason Ring - go to the following link to check it out -

http://www.roanoke.com/entertainment/insideout/music/wb/xp-44511

- Adam Monroe/The Roanoke Times (Dec 14, 2005)


2008:
Dobro Competition - 2nd place
Guitar Competition - 2nd place
Banjo Competition - 2nd place

2007:
Dobro Competition - 3rd place
Guitar Competition - 3rd place

2006:
Dobro Competition - 3rd place
Guitar Competition - 3rd place
Banjo Competition - 3rd place

http://www.vafolkmusic.org - Virgina Folk Music Association


"Ring is the kind of guitarist who makes fledgling finger pickers angry. He's just too good, too fast, too crisp. How can the rest of us pull off that mess of blues?" - Tad Dickens - The Roanoke Times (5/1/08)


"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."

http://www.serge.org/MusicMorsels/2007_08/200708_album_capsules.html - Mark E. Waterbury/Music Morsels (Aug 1, 2007)


"This guy is so good you want to hate him but why bother? In the spirit of every organic sound you ever loved from Leo Kottke to the early NAC line up at Rounder in the 80s before the sound had a name, Ring can play anything and seemingly everything, instruments and styles. From Takoma to Tompkins Square, he seems to have soaked it all up and did something to make it all his own. Cleaning up on awards at every competition he looks at, this cat is the next barn burner to be on the look out for. Been wondering where the next Chet Atkins etc is going to come from? Look no further. This is some killer real music."

http://www.midwestrecord.com/2007/11/21/112107/ - Chris Spector, Editor & Publisher - Midwest Record (Nov 21, 2007)


"The title suggests a scattered, odds ‘n sods collection. Yet this fine acoustic work holds together quite well as one seamless whole."

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. A title like Patchwork suggests a scattered, odds ‘n sods collection. Yet this fine acoustic work holds together quite well as one seamless whole.

http://www.indie-music.com/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=6194

- Dan MacIntosh/Indie-Music.com (Jul 9, 2007)


Article by Cybergrass posted Aug 26, 2007 listing winners:

http://www.cybergrass.com/modules.php? - 2007 Vinton Old-Time and Bluegrass Music Festival Competition (Aug 18, 2007)


The IBMA has included Jason Ring as part of the "Fresh Sounds in the World of Bluegrass" for Jan/Feb 2008.

http://www.ibma.org/Articles/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=489 - International Bluegrass Music Association - (Jan, 2008)


"Lovely collection of acoustic folk, country and bluegrass from major star in the making - Jason Ring is one of those guys you'd hate if he wasn't so nice and unassuming. Not only does he play guitar, mandolin, banjo and resonator (and a few more) but he plays them all superbly, and he does so in a nicely understated style that fits his music, rather than just showing off his chops. Said music is a gumbo of styles, from bluegrass to jazz, folk to ragtime, to name but four. His album is perfectly titled, as not only is it a patchwork of styles but it's like one of those patchwork quilts that are worked across generations, with each successive quilter taking on the previous work and adding something that is both new and fits in with the old perfectly.
To cap it all Ring is a decent writer too, and whether it's an instrumental like Simplify or the scatting Jebediah's Heartbreak his songs fit in perfectly alongside traditional pieces like Working On A Building and Train 45 and an inspired reading of the Carter Family favourite Gold Watch and Chain. Even his anti-Nashville song, Welcome to Nashville, breathes some life into that tired genre. There's a couple of covers too, Don't Think Twice It's Alright, which is a bit too cheery to really work well, and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, which is anything but and as understatedly effective as Jeff Buckley's diametrically opposed take.
Ring feels his music, and makes the listener feel it too. There are few people who can play like him and fewer who have anything like his collection of talents. With a bit of luck, a bit of exposure and plenty more PATCHWORK-standard music he could be the next big thing...and deservedly so."

http://www.maverick-country.com/

- JS - Maverick Magazine (Feb 2008 issue)


Most of these sixteen tracks highlight the multi-instrumental skills of Jason Ring - he plays all the instruments on Patchwork - with particular focus on his distinctive guitar, banjo and mandolin talents. Ring is imaginative and interesting on all three, and especially features some banjo licks you're not likely to have heard anywhere else. He's also a more than respectable vocalist, as he demonstrates on Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" and Blind Willie McTell's "Shake Down Rider Blues."
- John Lupton - Sing Out ! (Spring 2008 issue)


Discography

Patchwork (c)(p) 2007 Old Glove Press (ASCAP)

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Jason Ring is known as a “one man country-bluegrass-blues band,” and has been characterized by the International Bluegrass Music Association as one of the "Fresh Sounds in the World of Bluegrass" (IBMA, Jan 2008)

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 is a must-see artist. 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.

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.