Jason & the Scorchers
Midnight Roads & Stages Seen, Mammoth Records CDx2 354 980 180-2,
1998, (49:09, 48:32)
Hot live album from the original alt-country band
Even after all of these years, Jason & the Scorchers are still the hottest
thing outa Nashville. And nothing captures their heat better than a live
recording like this one.
Midnight Roads & Stages Seen is a career spanning
retrospective of a group that has stayed true to its unique combination of hard
rock and honky tonk music. Led by the saucy vocals of Jason Ringenberg, this
album races through twenty-three songs, and sounds like the soundtrack to a
movie about an outsider cowboy musician.
While many have attempted to mix a little country into their rock (and vice
versa), nobody has ever been able to create the kind of mix that the Scorchers
have come up with. To enjoy this band, you have to love both rock and country.
You cant just pull the parts you like from it; you must chomp down the
whole spicy enchilada.
This is probably why the group hasnt ever attained the commercial success
they deserve. They arent country, and they arent rock. Theyre
something utterly original.
Nonetheless, theyve been granted the grace to continue to record, and
its still fun to hear the band rave on Dylan tune (another individualist,
by the way) with "Absolutely Sweet Marie" or quiet things down with
"Ocean of Doubt."
For the older fans, this is a nice way to gather up the highlights into one
package. For newbies, here is your chance to catch what youve been
missing. Get em while theyre still hot! Dan MacIntosh
Glenn Brooks says... Definitely a hot album! There is also an
accompanying concert video, in case you cant get enough. The best way to
get it is through the Mammoth Records web site.
Also, check out our review of a previous Jason album.