Spent some time looking for this after hearing some samples on the mighty Shoeshine label website. On first couple of listens worth the search.
Some great 'country-or-is-it-alt-country' tunes including political songs such as 'Rebel Flag in Germany', 'New-Fashioned Imperialist' and 'American Question' below. Great thing about being an outsider/independent/non-major label artist like Jason Ringenberg is you can be this outspoken and not risk any Dixie Chicks-style backlash. Two tracks to sample:
Empire Builders 2004 [buy]