As J.R. Shore’s song Whiskey, Women and Railroads states, “my blood is just that railroad kind.” And while Shore may be a railroad man at heart, it’s a songwriter’s blood that fills his veins. A mainstay of the Alberta roots scene for over 10 years, Shore has played in notable bands Hiway 2, Panama Red and Sgt. Sing along and the Military. A two year stint in Music City, U.S.A. gave J.R. the opportunity to see first-hand, what it takes to write and play with some of the best in the business.
After honing his skills in the legendary clubs and listening rooms in Nashville, Shore
returned to Calgary in 2007 to tremendous songwriting success. The singer-songwriter was awarded both the best song by a newcomer and the best song about Alberta in the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Songwriting Competition. Another trip to the finals of the competition in 2008, and subsequent award, has firmly solidified his place among this province’s best songsmiths.
Although influences John Prine, Tom Waits and Lyle Lovett are close to the surface, it doesn’t take long to uncover Shore’s own unique musical stylings. Backed by a veritable supergroup of Alberta’s finest, The Jury consists of vocalist Jan McKittrick, bassist/fiddler Mike Barer and guitar player Greg Lamarche. Armed with a commanding stage presence, compelling instrumentation, and layered lyrics, The Jury is poised to storm Alberta and chisel its mark on the province’s ever evolving musical identity.