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Victoria Liedtke & Jason Ringenberg release upbeat new single 'Carolina Moonshiner'






“Fabulously fresh twists on Porter and Dolly…  Liedtke and Ringenberg do everything justice here, expertly locating the aches, travails and euphoria in the music…  Here’s hoping there’s more to come.”Uncut – Americana Album Of The Month 

“More Than Words can tell is a record bordering on masterpiece status… I really hope these two gifted vocalists get together and record again.”Country Music People

Victoria Liedtke and Jason Ringenberg have released the upbeat new single ‘Carolina Moonshiner’, which is taken from their forthcoming duets album More Than Words Can Tell, out April 5th Pre-order here.

The project sees the duo deep dive into the early songwriting partnership of Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, cherry-picking musical gems and little heard tracks from their expansive back catalogue. It’s the perfect number to jive and drive to and the perfect example of Parton’s storytelling prowess.

As Liedtke says, “Dolly has always been famous for her story songs.  She zeroes in on a specific individual’s life, often gravitating towards those who are downtrodden and misunderstood and tells their story through a lens of deep empathy and understanding. In turn she invites the audience to look to the character's humanity rather than their misdeeds or failures.

“Buford Ellis is one such character in Carolina Moonshiner - he’s a no good bootlegger from the smokey mountains with a bit of a drinking problem who may technically be on the wrong side of the law with his little moonshine hustle but at the same time he works hard to put food on the table for his [very large!] family. A classic Dolly hero!”

The new single follows the release of ‘Come To Me’  which premiered with Holler, and the pairs version of ‘Life Ride’s The Train’, which was written and recorded by Porter Wagoner in 1972 and later covered by Dolly and Porter on their 1975 album Say Forever You’ll Be Mine. Watch the video here.

Coined the “Godfather of Americana” by Mojo magazine, the former Jason and The Scorchers frontman Jason Ringenberg was awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance’ by the Americana Music Association in 2009 and was intrigued when Liedtke approached him with the project idea.

Victoria and Jason recorded the album at Vale Studios in Worcester, UK in the Summer of 2022 with a predominantly UK based band. The band features CJ Hillman on electric guitar and slide guitar (Billy Bragg/Yola), John Parker on double bass (Nizlopi), Lewis ‘Burner’ Pugh on acoustic guitar and Tim Prottey-Jones on drums (First Time Flyers) as well as a plethora of guest musicians throughout.

Originally from Oklahoma, Victoria moved to the UK eight years ago and now resides in the Yorkshire Dales. “What made this project so fun was being able to bring together these incredible UK musicians that come from the worlds of Americana, Country, Folk and Pop and inject these 50 year old classic American country songs into this musical melting pot.”

The album was produced By Victoria Liedtke, co-produced by Elliot Vaughan and mixed by Liedtke & Vaughan. More Than Words Can Tell is due for release on April 5th.The album is now available to preorder at


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