Bio

Jason Ring,

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)

 

2016 Virginia Bluegrass Music State Championships

(hosted by VA Folk Music Association):

 

1st place winner - Male Vocal Competition

1st place winner - Banjo Competition

1st place winner - Guitar Competition

 

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Instrumentation:

 

Jason can skillfully play almost any stringed instrument including guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro and bass. Don't be surprised if he also throws down on a smooth skat including his impressive "mouth trumpet."

 

As a one man show, he also impresses with the use of a loop station for part of the performance. With all his instruments at hand, those "flaming fingers" enable his style and demeanor to be unmatched.

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Biography:

 

The South has too many musical traditions to recall...but now there is one entertainer who embodies them all. 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. At the young 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 Jason's music. Although he tries to not allow other people to influence his style of playing, one can tell that Tony Rice, Jerry Garcia, D'jango Reinhardt, Robert Johnson, "Bird," "Train," and Leo Kottke have all reserved spots in his CD case. Jason has become a mainstay in the entertainment scene in central and southwestern Virginia and now this multi-faceted artist has recorded CDs, Patchwork and Dry County Courier, which powerfully display not only his control of the musical traditions that have helped define American culture, but also demonstrates his contributions to it.

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