Jason Ringenberg has hung in like a rusty fishhook for more than 20 years, mostly because he's got serious game, blending country stylings with aggressive rock both as a solo artist and frontman for c

Jason Ringenberg has hung in like a rusty fishhook for more than 20 years, mostly because he's got serious game, blending country stylings with aggressive rock both as a solo artist and frontman for cowpunk pioneers Jason & the Scorchers. His latest Yep Roc effort is more collaborative than solo, pairing Ringenberg with a wide range of artists. It's a blast, from the alien redneck barnburner "Honky Tonk Maniac From Mars" (with Hamell on Trial) and well-written rockers like "Too High to See" (with Tommy Womack) to the more acoustic "I Dreamed My Baby Came Home" (with Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin) and the ominous revamped Scorchers vengeance tale "Bible and a Gun" (with Steve Earle). Ringenberg is nothing if not versatile, teaming his earnest vocals with BR549 on the Loretta Lynn classic "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" and Todd Snider on the punk-pop "James Dean's Car." With George Bradfute, he delivers rock's epitaph on "The Last Train to Memphis."—RW