Two years ago, Jason Ringenberg went introspective and acoustic on A Pocketful of Soul. On All Over Creation, however, he's sounding more like the alt-country pioneer of yore, landing somewhere between southern honky-tonk and Bakersfield and bringing on some credible duet partners to help him tell tales that are by turns fantastical, fanciful, or epic in scope. The rip-roaring opener, "Honky Tonk Maniac from Mars," with Hamell on Trial, is the finest blast of rockin' sci-fi since Billy Lee Riley's "Flying Saucers Rock & Roll." At the other end of the scale is the rustic "Bible and a Gun," bolstered by insistent banjo and fiddle solos and vocals from Steve Earle, who sings a gritty, foreboding verse that helps flesh out this majestic ballad about a mysterious stranger roaming the country in the days before the Emancipation Proclamation and exacting his own form of rough justice. Newcomer Todd Snider joins Ringenberg on the rousing choruses of "James Dean's Car," a no-holds-barred rocker driven by a propulsive horn section, and BR5-49 offer up an infectious shuffle rhythm for Ringenberg's take on Loretta Lynn's no-nonsense country classic "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)." Paul Burch, Tommy Womack, Swan Dive, the Wildhearts, Lambchop, and Kristi Rose & Fats Kaplin (who steal the show with two terrific performances) further assist Ringenberg on this boisterously creative effort.