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J Shogren


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Hard acoustic roots music from a life lived in loud proportions. American Holly is the second release from Wyoming’s favorite applied philosopher J Shogren, who made a splash overseas since his ’07 debut, Jahamericana.

His adventures have taken him from days as a trapper to an endowed professor. He splits his time between Wyoming and Sweden, where he worked last year- unlikely as it sounds - as the King’s Professor. Even more riotous, he was a party to the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the United Nations Team working on climate change. Planet, music.

Shogren is getting press across a wide field:
“Blending more styles than we can list here Shogren … He’s traveled the world and the stories are plentiful in these grooves. At the end of the day though it’s Americana at its best.”- Village Records.

Top 20 americana cds in 2008-Rootsville (Belgium)

#13 Feb 09 & #15 Jan 2009 on the EuroAmericana Chart

#16 on F.A.R. Chart for Dec 2008

#41 on the Folk Music Radio Chart for Feb 2009

#150 or so on the Americana Radio charts in Jan/Feb

“Like a garden full of wildflowers…there’s something undeniably endearing about Shogren’s ramshackle ramblings.”
Performing Songwriter, Jan 2009

“American Holly is an absolute masterpiece.”
Moors Magazine Jan 2009.

“There are two other times I can remember when a singer’s voice prompted in me the same reaction I had when I first heard J Shogren’s. Those were when I first heard Randy Newman and Leon Redbone. I had to keep looking at the album cover to assure myself that the singer was indeed white. Shogren’s voice sounds like one of those great bluesmen from ninety years ago.”

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