Jason Ring ~ Galax, Virginia
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007 @ 01:12:13 UTC
Artist: Jason Ring
Home: Galax, Virginia
Quote: "The title suggests a scattered, odds ‘n sods collection. Yet this fine acoustic work holds together quite well as one seamless whole."
By Dan MacIntosh
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.
Artist Website: http://www.JasonRingLive.com