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Jason and The Scorchers with Snatches of Pink

Hard to believe it's coming up on 20 years since Jason and the Scorchers released their debut country-rock debut EP, Fervor. The group, led by gangly Illinois native Jason Ringenberg, joined forces in Nashville back in 1981, when country music was at its schmaltziest (think Kenny Rogers or Barbara Mandrell) and the term "alt-country" and "no depression music" was just a twinkle in folks like Jay Farrar's eye. The Scorchers, along with Rank and File and The Long Ryders, made it OK to listen to bands like R.E.M. and still own a Flying Burrito Brothers album (or, God forbid, a cowboy hat). Thanks to shredding guitarist/wild man Warner Hodges (I distinctly recall a show where he turned, barfed off the side of the stage and resumed playing without missing a lick), the Scorchers had a rep for being a hard-rocking live band. After a mid-'90s reunion, the Scorchers are back with a "new" release of rarities and vintage demos tracks, Wildfires and Misfires (Yep Roc Records). The band should be in fine form this Saturday, March 16, at the Cat's Cradle. Longtime local rockers Snatches of Pink open. --Angie Carlson

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