Jason Ringenberg (born on November, 22 1958 in Kewanee, Illinois) is an American musician. He was the lead singer of a band called Jason and the Scorchers. He is also a songwriter and guitarist. The band had several minor hits, including "Golden Ball and Chain" and a blistering rock version of Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie." Ringenberg was especially influential in the mid-1980s when the indie country/rock fusion movement was at its height. His music, and that of similar bands, served as the roots for the "alt country" genre that would arise in the 1990s.