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A sort of homecoming for Jason

ALT country gent Jason Ringenberg has a double reason for feeling at home on Sunday – the muso originally hails from the Illinois town of the same name.

The Jason & The Scorchers powerhouse finds The Greystones in the ‘steel city’ for the only northern England date of his solo tour.

Jason, whose stage suit hangs in Nashville’s Country Music Hall Of Fame, was last year at the O2 Academy with the Scorchers as the band that blended country and rock to stunning effect toured Halcyon Times, their first album for 14 years.

With a recent retrospective double CD marking 30 years in the business, Jason is back on the road playing without a set-list a stripped down mix of Scorchers classics and solo songs.

“What keeps me in the business is the absolute addiction to live performance,” he says. “I’m addicted, there’s no question.

“It’s a level of excitement, wanting to get on that stage... I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Crabb ride means the Eat is on

JUST when you thought there were no old bands left to reform Pop Will Eat Itself board the revival train for their 25th anniversary.

As well as a tour that returns them to The Leadmill on October 16, the agit-dance act release new album New Noise Designed By A Sadist 13 days before.

Principal songwriter and co-frontman Graham Crabb says: “It has been my desire to revive PWEI for a number of years, but there came a point when it was clear the original members wouldn’t be committing to any future project in the band’s name – a sad waste as I felt I had armed myself with the best batch of songs I’ve written and felt I still had a lot to prove.

“I would like nothing better than to elevate PWEI to a higher level than before. That might be ambitious but that’s the way I am.

“I don’t want to make a big issue of the 25 years thing, but I think it’s funny; I was chaos and mayhem personified then, so I didn’t expect to be alive now let alone writing my best songs to date.”

PWEI carved their name in the charts with the likes of There Is No Love Between Us Anymore, Bulletproof, RSVP and Get The Girl, Kill The Baddies.

Enjoy the spook-en word live

MERCURY Prize nominee and man of the moment Ghostpoet has set an autumn date with Sheffield venue The Harley.

It will follow the release of Liiines as the final single from real name Obaro Ejimiwe’s debut album Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, lauded by inspirational figures such as Roots Manuva and Mike Skinner. 

The ramshackle, homemade productions and inimitable vocal ditties make for a potent live cocktail where laptop drum loops and MIDI synths are traded for a clattering live kit and crunchy guitars.

Having opened for Metronomy and Jamie Woon, Ghostpoet’s first headline UK tour hits Glossop Road on October 8.