J Shogren Shanghai’d from Centennial WY (pop 100, 4 bars) have a singular vision of what they are doing musically—Roots & folk music filtered through a contemporary dissonant transmitter.
Shogren's backstory is kinda wild...musician trapper economist who worked for the King of Sweden and President Clinton, was a party to the Nobel Peace prize with VP Al Gore...and writes songs about Salvation and Lutefisk....wild.
They call their music “catawampus american music”. Shogren shows up with a lived-in rasp of a voice, acoustic guitars, a mandolin and a batch of his own songs and some well-traveled numbers by cohorts from another time. Shogren has released numerous albums over the last decade, played all over the Rocky Mtn region & Europe, and International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Shogren was a finalist in the 2016 NewSong Music, held at the Lincoln Center in NYC in Dec 2016.
“Brilliant storyteller from Wyoming. Hard Boiled, sometimes dark humorous stories delivered with a voice that clearly have lived through them." Lennart Persson (SWE) Rootsy
“J Shogren is an intellectual dealing in pop music. He's funny, but the jokes are wry and subtle, drawn from a wide range of high and low cultural references....Like traditional music itself, Shogren's songs occupy their own other world." J Clark (US) Rambles
"Increasingly so, those artists who stand out among the many entrants each year to the NewSong Competition possess not only great skill as songwriters and performers, but who do so in a way that's uniquely their own. J Shogren is no exception. His songwriting is endearingly eclectic. And he delivers his songs with a confidence and enthusiasm characteristic of all the great ones who truly understand their craft." Gar Ragland, Producer & Director, NewSong Music
“Shogren’s style is definitely singular. Whether solo, duo or with a larger ensemble, Shogren is like the distant, Wyoming-born cousin of quirky songster Bonnie Prince Billy.” A Davis (US) Planet Jackson Hole
A few good stories:
NY Times - http://goo.gl/yS3QvK
WY Trib - http://goo.gl/lprQqi
Boomerang - http://goo.gl/uxyrMa
Paste - http://goo.gl/0hOLLb
Recent appearances at: Snowy Range Festival (WY), Underground Music Showcase (CO), Beartrap festival (WY), Centennial Uptown Breakdown (WY), Highwater Hoedown (WY), WHAT Fest (WY), NoWoodstock (WY), Lincoln Center (NYC), Twang (SE), Conrnberg Chapel (DE)+
Photographer: Mike Vanata
Faces of WY Art Series: Wyoming 2016