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Farmer Jason

Christmas on the Farm with...Farmer Jason – 2014 (Courageous Chicken)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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"Christmas on the Farm" is Farmer Jason's fan-funded, agricultural-centric holiday release. These songs perfectly match Jason's unique musical personality. The farmer side of his personality is addressed with "Santa Drove a Big John Deere," which replaces St. Nick's usual sleigh with a familiar green and gold tractor.

Ringenberg's past as leader for the cow-punk band Jason & the Scorchers is referenced with the rocking "All I Want for Christmas (Is a Punk Rock Skunk)." Farmer Jason introduces many of these songs with spoken word segments, such as what he says before "Away in a Manger." It's a fitting inclusion because the song also features many familiar farm animals in its lyrics. He is also helped out on the singing of it by his daughters, Addie Rose and Camille.

One big problem with holiday music is how - like so much of Christmas in general - is how it's become so commercialized. Too much Christmas music sounds thrown together just to make a buck. Not so with Farmer Jason's "Christmas on the Farm," however. This album includes plenty examples of his storytelling skills, which he has honed in his children's musician persona over the years, as well as a bevy of songs that sound to be near and dear to his heart. This album is geared toward the younger music listeners, but it's put together so well, everybody will love it - both young and old. The album's not "product," but the product of a guy that sincerely loves celebrating Christmas on the farm.