Jason and the Scorchers may be nearing middle age, but they'll still be the wildest act yet to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. (Theirs, not surprisingly, will be given in the "Performance" category.) And on that occasion, they'll play together--drummer Perry Baggs' health permitting--with their original lineup for the first time in over a decade.
"In typical Scorchers fashion--and I don't know how people will take this--we're not going to even rehearse," says frontman Jason Ringenberg. "The '80s vintage Jason and the Scorchers hardly ever rehearsed. I don't even think we really knew what the word was."
Guitarist Warner Hodges will probably whirl maniacally and flip his guitar over his shoulder, while Ringenberg yowls and stalks the stage, hallmarks of the electrified performance style they forged in their twenties. And all that will serve as a vivid reminder that they shook up audiences not just by mixing two styles of music treated more or less like oil and water at the time--hard-edged rock and country--but also by doing it with enough raw energy and youthful exuberance to throw sparks. Read the rest of the story in this week's Scene. Thu., Sept. 18, 7 p.m., 2008