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.
Growing up in Northern Minnesota, Shogren's backstory is kinda wild...musician trapper economist janitor who worked for the King of Sweden and President Clinton...and writes songs about Salvation and Lutefisk.
Shogren calls their music “catawampus american music”. He 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 played the Lincoln Center in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Wash DC (with Max Hatt & Edda Glass), as part of the NewSong Music Series.
“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." G 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: Beartrap Festival (WY), Oyster Ridge Music Festival (WY), Lincoln Center (NYC), Kennedy Center (DC), Blue Plate Special (TN), The Yard (WY), Bluesbaren (SE), WHAT Fest (WY), Cheyenne Botanic Gardens (WY), Red Herring (MN), WYO Theatre (WY), Walnut Room (CO), Snowy Range Festival (WY), Underground Music Showcase (CO), FoCoMx (CO), The Great Untamed (WY), Whiskey Jacques (ID), Pink Garter (WY), Atlas Theatre (WY), Gryphon Theatre (WY), Rockwood Music (NYC), Neurolux (ID), High Hat (MT), The Filling Station (MT), Live from the Divide (MT), Terry Bison Ranch (WY), Steve's Guitars (CO), Fiddlers Green (CO), Wort Hotel Jackson (WY), Swing Station (CO), Magic Rat (CO), Avo's (CO), The Garage (UT), Centennial Uptown Breakdown (WY), Hodi's Half Note (CO), Pengilly's (ID), Highwater Hoedown (WY), NoWoodstock Festival (WY), WIMI (WY), Wild West River Fest (WY), Twang (SE), Conrnberg Chapel (DE)+
Photographer: Mike Vanata
Faces of WY Art Series #1