Legendary Jason & The Scorchers Front Man Sings on Civil War Documentary To Air This Week
Nashville, TN– Jason Ringenberg appears prominently in the new “Tennessee Civil War 150: The Music” documentary airing on all PBS television stations in Tennessee and some stations around the country. He sings the “Battle Cry of Freedom” and an a capella version of the entire eight minute song, “Booth Shot Lincoln,” which runs over the ending credits. Knowing Jason’s “creative license” when
remembering even his own lyrics, it helped that a teleprompter was used for used, and Jason’s footage was shot live (no lip synching) at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield.
“This was one on the great honors of my life to be asked to be involved with this project,” said Jason. “I will NEVER forget singing Battle Cry of Freedom among those cannons at the main river battery at Fort Donelson. I am no stranger to feeling the history at places like that, but this was almost overwhelming. I was well aware of the irony of singing the Union’s most inspiring anthem right there in those Confederate cannon batteries. And then to sing “Booth Shot Lincoln” on the porch of the Surrender House where General Grant and his old pre-war friend General Buckner (CSA) signed the surrender agreement that sealed the Union’s first great victory was pure romantic magic for me, even though it was 40 degrees and sleeting.”
For those in middle Tennessee, the next airings are May 27th at 7.00 pm and 11.00pm on Nashville Public Television (channel 8 for most viewers.)