WYO Wilderness Assoc’s Winter Solstice Party Dec 21 Sheridan!



A Winter Solstice Celebration @ Blacktooth Brewery

Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Wyoming Wilderness Association will present A Winter Solstice Celebration on Dec. 21.

Celebrating wilderness and a new season at WWA, live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be offered from 5-9 p.m.

The celebration will take place at Blacktooth Brewery, 312 Broadway St.

The event is free, family-friendly and open to all.

Musical performances include J. Shogren and Jackson Clarendon.

The WWA will welcome new leadership and offer farewells to Liz Howell during the celebration.

For more information email info@wildwyo.ord, call 672-2751 or see http://www.wildwyo.org


Wyoming Sounds to put on your Radar by Aaron Davis


A pithy introduction to some Wyoming musicians by Aaron Davis…of the Screen Door Porch and the Boondocks and solo:

[the conspicuous photo: Alysia Kraft of The Patti Fiasco]


I will take a comparison to Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy every day of the week:

A longer version is here at Aaron’s great music blog:


JSShanghai’d Saturday morning nostalgia


For more than one presidential term, the Shanghai’d has been busy playing music all the around WYO and beyond, with one skilled musician after another jumping on and off, year after year, gig after gig, from the first show at the Big Horn Mtn Stage to the Snowy Range Music Fest.   This morning seemed like a good time as any to get nostalgic.  and say thanks again to everyone for their contributions to keeping it all afloat.

Photo credits….yikes.  Susan M, Patrick H., Chris S. Ted D., Denver Post, Casper Trib, Danger, ah….and many more.

Laramie Singer-Songwriter Competition–in November



hi again

another announcement for those interested in the Fine Arts or participating, listening, heckling or all the above….Laramie is having its own S-S competition at the Buckhorn.

Like American Idol perhaps, and yet different–more introspection & guitars and less of a light show.    (although the Buckhorn and introspection are not really roommates)

here are the rules via the promoter/organizer/fiddle player Jon Gardzelewski:

Still working out the details, but we’re going to do this right and be fair. Here is a draft of the rules:

1). 3-4 original songs played and sung by the contest with an instrument of their choice.

2). Lyrics must be printed out for distribution.

3). Contestants judge and select their top 3 songwriters, and their top 3 songs for each round.

4). First round takes place over two Fridays: November 15th & 22nd.

5) Top 3 songwriters from each night compete in the final round, December 6th, where they will play 5 songs. Final judging TBD.

6). Money prizes.

7). Possible radio deal for winning songwriter and best song.

. Winners without recordings will be given a short recording session for an opportunity at Radio play. Details TBD.

9). Spread the word, lets get some talent out on stage!


here is the FB invite




J Shogren here.

Here is some more information about me and my music.  I play acoustic roots Americana music, and I am primarily doing solo shows this fall and winter, 2013-14.

Working on my 5th cd of music…the other 4 cds are all out there on spotify, itunes, amazon.

you can find the albums on Spotify


Here is a Soundcloud playlist:


A bit more background information on me.  Around these parts, I have played with the WYOmericana Caravan, Snowy Range Festival, WYO Theatre, Gryphon Theatre, Centennial Uptown Breakdown, Pengilly’s in Boise, Avogadro’s Number, Hodi’s Half-Note, Steve’s Guitars, Live at the Denison Ranch, Nowoodstock Festival, Big West Arts Festival, Underground Music Showcase in Denver, Ruts Festival, WHAT Fest, the Wort, the Pink Garter, and more.   Last year, we represented Wyoming in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge (we were the only musician of the 1000s on Beale Street, however, with a mandolin).

Here is more information, maybe too much:

Facebook page:



Ditty TV:   http://www.dittytv.com/people-directory/artist-j-shogren.html
Holding tank video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4XGz017-Cg

Recent news stories:

Casper Star Tribune:


NY Times:


Three reviews on the last cds by Jerome Clark—a fellow who understands my music the best:

American Holly:  http://www.rambles.net/shogren_holly08.html

Bird Bones & Muscle: http://www.rambles.net/shogren_bird10.html

God Bless these Crooked Little Songs: http://www.rambles.net/shogren_god13.html

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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