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Halcyon Times CD

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"...Halcyon Times features a new rhythm section of bassist Al Collins and drummer Pontus Snibb, stoking it up alongside the twin dynamos of guitarist Warner E. Hodges and singer Jason Ringenberg. The latter are as essential a rock combination as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, or David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain. The writing credits are shared between Ringenberg, Hodges and a gaggle of friends, including Tommy Womack, Dan Baird and Ginger from the Wildhearts, and the songs range from stories of people on the fringes, like the miners in 'Beat On The Mountain' (the kind of historically based song that Ringenberg has always excelled at), to tales of strong women like 'Mona Lee'. Apart from the occasional slower track like 'Twang Town Blues' or the riff-based 'Days Of Wine And Roses', this record moves like an 18-wheeler tearing up the highway, with Hodges showing why he's one of the most underrated lead players around today. Produced by Warner E. Hodges and Brad Jones, this is perhaps the most consistently powerful album that Jason And The Scorchers have produced since their heyday." Hot Press (Ireland)

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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B003B73Z60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Delta King Cody on April 2, 2010
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This is the best Jason & The Scorchers in a mighty long time and that's saying a lot. This record just kills. It hits hard and it hits with purpose. I have opened for JATS (nicest bunch of guys you could ever been on the road with), been a fan since the first ep, and followed them ever since with affection. They have always been good. However, this is not a holding action of a season rock band. This is a band who found their original spirit. This is truly just an amazing collection of songs. Every song is a keeper. They rock with a wild & crazy abandon & vengeance. The lyrics are real and full of meaning and truth. This is not polite music.

And the liner notes are wonderful to read. And Jason is right in everything that he say in his liner notes; the band kicks and Warner is reclaiming his rightful position in the world of guitar players. Jason sings with all the fire of a 23 year old and the new rhythm section of Al & Pontus drive it like a train going full bore. JATS have returned!!!!!!!!
Hats off to ya! Be proud guys, very proud. this is a major great piece of work.
Cody
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Johansson on April 28, 2010
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I've been a fan of Jason & the Scorchers since the band first came on the scene in the 1980s. They were the hottest thing Nashville had ever seen, and you know what? This record shows they still are. It's a wise, wonderful reflection on where the band is, musically and in life -- folks, this is not a retread of past work, or a half-baked effort to relive the band's salad days (as if Jason Ringenberg were capable of such a thing - his solo work and his work as Farmer Jason proves definitively that he is not). This record will delight past fans and win a whole new generation of them. Highly, highly recommended.
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Jason and the Scorchers have been around for several decades, bringing us an array of music over the years. They have seen some great times and they have had some lean and difficult times. However, they have always persevered and managed to stay away from any major meltdowns that would eventually cause them to disintegrate, only to be absorbed into a black hole of egos, never to be heard from again. Thank the God of your understanding for that!

As you might expect from a band called Jason and the Scorchers, and a title like "Halcyon Times", there is a heavy dose of burning electric guitars, but what really shines here is the tightness of this band. This is the first set of new songs released by them in many years, but by the sound of it all, they haven't missed a beat.

I was talking to a good friend recently and we discussed this topic a bit. It seemed to us that so many artists appear to want to rush things so they can hurry and get to the top of the mountain in the music business, only to dilute their music into the almost unlistenable category of noisy pop crap in the process of accumulating the biggest pile of money.

The Scorchers took their time here and it shows. This an ingenious set of fourteen songs, each one seemingly surpassing the previous tune, resulting in a seamless blend of what I would call "instant classic Southern Rock" that should not be missed by anyone.

One of the things I love so much about my favorite two past times, listening to music and writing about it are several things can happen during the process; I won't like the record and will never play it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yukon Dan on March 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was so excited when I first learned that this album was going to be released. It is not a disappointment. The first track, "Moonshine Guy" hits you like a tornado. The beautiful words and music on the next track, "Beat on the Mountain", makes you stop, pause, and think. The whole record continues along those lines. "Golden Days" will just put a smile on your face. I could go on about each song on the record, but you can get the picture. The songwriting is honest, poetic, and intelligent. The combination of Warner Hodges guitar and Jason Ringenberg's voice produces the same energy that it did twenty-five years ago. If you like country, rock, or any combination of the two, this will certainly make your day. I figured, given these guys track record, this would be a good listen, but it is better than I ever expected.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Ashlock Barton on March 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
After too many years, the Scorchers finally back is too much to be true. A band that led the pack in the early to mid-80's with their rock/country/punk mix that inspired so many others. This release is a culmination of all that was and is the Scorchers. Great songs, unbelievable creativity and masterful musicians wrapped together for a 'rock' solid comeback!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Werner VINE VOICE on June 28, 2010
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Almost 40 years ago there was this band out in California. They played a little rock with some strong folk and country influences. They became the posterchildren of the LA country-rock scence while they grey to dislike one another,all the while as if they made a deal at the "crossroads" they got bigger and bigger until they were literally a Fortune 500 company more than a band. Still each album sold more while offering less and less. It didn't matter, they got richer and when they denied the fans their awesome goodness the fans begged for forgiveness. In the interest of the fans they decided to relent and once more grace them with their prescence...although at a newer corporate approved pricing structure. The music, while performed with amazing accuracy, now lost all it's intrinsic heart...and the crowds begged for still more. In the interest of yet once more keeping the fans interest close to their hearts they gave them a gift of a new album in which all of the new songs completed the journey of greatness to dismal mediocrity, this time though they threw in something old just to incite the loyal subjects to what once was. O.K., enough of this crap! I know I'm blathering...sorry.

What I meant to say is the most amazing melding of country and "real rock and roll" ever was a little band called Jason & The Scorchers. They were the real deal and never lost themselves in spite of coming into existence when some of the most synthetic music ever recorded was becoming the flavor of the day. Every album they put out was very good and most were great. Because they music business was in transition to the aforementioned more synthetic sound and also entering a period where video actually caused success or failure, the power and grit of this real deal band was largely ignored.
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