Jason Ringenberg was born in Kewanee, Illinois and grew up in nearby Sheffield, Illinois, where his parents ran a hog farm. He started playing in rock, alternative rock, and country-bands while in school at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In 1981, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he soon formed Jason and the Scorchers with Warner Hodges, Jeff Johnson, and Perry Baggs. Their potent mix of punk rock and country gained them fans around the world. In the words of Rolling Stone they "singlehandedly re-wrote the history of rock'n'roll in the South". They won critical approval with the release of successful albums and energetic live performances.
Ringenberg has also seen success as a solo artist. He has released five solo records and toured as a solo artist. He now performs both solo as Jason Ringenberg and as his children's music character, Farmer Jason, often performing as both personas in the same day. On November 29, 2014, he performed for children as Farmer Jason and later in the evening as Jason Ringenberg for rock and country fans at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Ringenberg created his children's music character, Farmer Jason, in 2002 to entertain his own daughters. He then released his first children's record on the Yep Roc Records label; A Day at the Farm with Farmer Jason, in 2003. The character remains popular and has become the most successful project of his career. As Farmer Jason, he sings songs about farm animals and the appreciation of nature. His PBS mini program called "It's a Farmer Jason" has earned four Emmy nominations and one Emmy win. He has recorded four records and a DVD as Farmer Jason. The fourth album, Christmas on the Farm with Farmer Jason, was released in December 2014.