like JDB said, it is music for your inner grifter
we hope you like Jahamericana, and thanks for giving us a fair hearing
an americana bio as written by committee, my friends:
Singer-songwriter J Shogren is celebrating the release of his new CD, Jahamericana (JAHA! Records). This raucous collection comprises many styles from roots to country to blues. His gruff voice and lyrics join his old Gibson L-48 guitar to get you off the bar stool and dancing. The songs come from a life lived in loud proportions. His adventures have taken him from days as a trapper to an endowed professor. J splits his time between Centennial (Wyoming) and Umea (Sweden). And as wild as it sounds, there he sits as the King of Sweden's Professor. Even more outrageous, he was a party to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the IPCC for their work on climate change. A lot of living packed into the 14 songs on Jahamericana. have a listen.
"Top 25 cds of 2007. Great album !!! Where have you been all those years ?? 4 & 1/ 2 stars" -- F Braeken, e-magazine ROOTSTIME.
Top 10 cds of 2007 -- Rev JJ Hawk of the Plastic Pals (and my buddy, I must confess)
Your cd is just amazing! -- DJ R Pieters, Somewhere Between on Internet Radiostation Golden Flash (www.goldenflash.be)
"...Excellent acoustic, sit-down Berryesque rock and roll." -- J Carducci, former SST records dude, infamous rock-and-roll writer and critic
"a song writer with many edges, all of them loveable" -- Country Home, Germany (www.iwde.de)
"...a lively old school new Americana singer-songwriter, who is unafraid of the polka, both to sing and to dance." -- J Shogren, about his future accordion teacher
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Influences - acoustic jimmy page, electric bob dylan
The songs on Jahamericana were recorded over the winter 2006-07 as went back and forth from Wyoming to Sweden. In the process, I achieved one noble goal--I must have brought over at least one ton of Marabou milk chocolate for family and friends. Believe it or not, this year I am the King's Professor--by appointment of the royal court of sweden. actually, we are in June now, and my service is nearly over with the King.
Everything on Jahamericana was recorded at Thunderground Sound Studios by D Tinker. If you need something recorded, Dan is the guy to see.
I play solo and with B Burke, a fantastic singer-song writer (myspace.com/birgitburke). here is a recent review of recent performance at 8th Annual Upland Breakdown August 2007 by former SST records dude, infamous rock and roll writer and critic Joe Carducci
"SE Wyoming had rain most days in August but it was particularly dark and wet up to last Thursday, then it passed and Saturday at the Beartree in Centennial was a perfect day, people came out, tourists wandered in and Birgit Burke and J Shogren made their way thru excellent acoustic, sit-down Berryesque rock and roll. That’s the problem with the breakdown – the bill is full of headliners and legends, who's to open?"
I play with Mumbletype. you can hear Tony5, Ed, Bliss, jerry G, and Birgit at:
--the greatest unknown hippie jam band from Centennial WY
(pop 100; bars 3). now those are good odds for getting a drink