ARTS Pick: Jason Ring

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The quick-fingered Jason Ring is known as a man who can jam hard on anything with strings. Publicity Photo. The quick-fingered Jason Ring is known as a man who can jam hard on anything with strings. Publicity Photo.

Known around the state as a one-man, country-bluegrass-blues band, Jason Ring improvises fiery, intricate loops on the guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and bass. Ring grew up in Galax, Virginia, a town that echoes with tunes from the world famous Galax Fiddler’s Convention, and at age 5 he started picking his own brew of bluegrass, Piedmont blues, and jazz with a little help from his folks. The traditional sounds of the Blue Ridge mixed with the eclectic flavors of jazz, ragtime, and gypsy swing that penetrate Ring’s songbook are the perfect accompaniment to a barstool, a bourbon, and a bowl of complimentary peanuts.

Saturday 6/1  Free, 10pm. The Whiskey Jar, 227 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. 202-1549.

 

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