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by J Shogren

Rootsy, acoustic, raw, bluesy, country undertones too
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Don't Worry
2:33 $0.99
2. Lovers Lane Boogie
2:41 $0.99
3. It's All Good
2:53 $0.99
4. Me & Genghis Khan
4:32 $0.99
5. Drinkin'
3:10 $0.99
6. As Good As I Been to You
4:34 $0.99
7. Opposite
4:24 $0.99
8. Thunderstorm
3:03 $0.99
9. Shuffletown
2:00 $0.99
10. Outsider
3:25 $0.99
11. Good Enough
2:28 $0.99
12. Hybobound
2:45 $0.99
13. Helgagatan
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14. Wooden Saints
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Traditional Music
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



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Hawk from The Plastic Pals

Fuck the world / yeah let´s...
”It´s all good. True blue. Well fuck the world, I love you…”
This smashing album gives you 14 great tunes of superb americana at its best. Boogie, alt-country, rock, you name it. This machine is loaded with IT!

This is an album for all of your – well not really sure how many you are – who really like real music, performed by real people, written by a real person telling his (or her) tale about things the way he (or she) sees it.

Every song is so crammed with wit, beautiful melody, great musicianship that you just wanna hear it over and over again.

But if I´m to chose, sentimental as I am, I go for the ballads – Me & Genghis Khan, Outsider. But all these songs are top notch – and if you miss out, the worse for you.

Hawk/The Plastic Pals

Birgit Burke

night time, front porch
yes, it IS a Wyoming sound track..
Lover's Lane Boogie and a roaring fire, friends, beer, the kind of rowdiness a campfire in the mountains brings..
Me and Genghis Khan once the embers have burned down a little and the rowdies have retired to their tents, as ballads and love songs take over from barrelhouse rockers.
Helgagaten with the stars shining overhead. Late, quiet, when it is just me, the moon, my thoughts and this music.
But not just Wyoming - don't be mistaken. This is wide ranging music..

Lars Eriksson

An album which for me is very honest and driving, in rhythm and attitude, essentially positive. It cheers you up without being silly. I find it cool, at times brilliant, fun and funny, a combination of serious and amusing. The guitarplaying is great, with lots of variation and personal touch, and so is the working on the songs. It is a good mixture between driving rhythm and more calm songs.

As with many other artists, you find the same kind of rhythm in the different songs returning, but there is nothing wrong with that, it’s only familiar and nice. Makes you wanna dance. The songs are mature, because the man who composed them is mature; he’s not a kid who, no matter how brilliant he may be, can’t get away from his immaturity. The album is cozy, perfect for a car trip or for being played over and over again, weekend after weekend, on a local pub somewhere in Wyoming.

Many lines get stuck in your head (and so do the riffs). He comes some: “Dancing drinking and crying, lonesome lovesick and blue… smoking laughing and lying, to myself, the world and to you… found the keys to life my friend but I dropped them underneath my bar stool”, “oh Lord, why did you give so many so few?”, “if it's good enough for you, it's good enough for me”.

At times I think the songs deserve a better recording, but they still come along great. Sometimes the whole thing reminds me – I don’t know why - of a great street band, unknown, unrecorded, but oh so great. There is something classical about this album.

The material album in itself – that which you can hold in your hand – is simple and beautifully designed. It’s pleasant, but I miss the lyrics printed out. I always miss the lyrics when they are not there, it’s like as if half the songs, or the maps to the songs, are not there.


Music for your inner grifter.
This cd makes me feel like a grifter in a movie who's been getting kicked around a while, but has stumbled on something that will change his life. The perfect con, the perfect-imperfect woman, news of a rigged horse race. It leads you to feel that feeling good about life is a guilty pleasure. That salvation isn't always far from a barstool.

I wish people heard J's songs when they saw me walking down the street. It'd bee a hell of a soundtrack, the right soundtrack.

Julianne Couch

Shogren sure can write
That's my highest compliment. He sure can write a song that isn't predictable and give the ear a new sound to chew on. Not just that, but he can sing. And by golly he can play. You'd have to see his guitar to appreciate it, which I've had the fortune to do. J sounds great live, and great on this CD.


I love this debut album. With unique poetry, J Shogren writes lyrics that are intriguing, witty and clever. You rarely come across lyrics that challenge and capture the listener the same way. Combined with great singing and solid and raw Americana music, the album oozes of love for the music and impressive creativity. There is a wide range of Americana style songs on the album and J shows he masters them all. I cannot wait to hear more from this highly interesting new comer on the Americana scene!


It's All Good!
And it's really all good!! This is just a great debut album. Gotta love those lyrics and this man can sing for sure, for sure. I like the raw sound and the cleverness about the lyrics. Keep up the good work J and can't wait to hear your next album. All the best!