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The Sauna Tapes (2008)

Strummindude's first effort for the RPM Challenge. It contains an unsorted bunch of songs spanning from melodic rock over country to classical.

Writing On The Wall (2009)

Strummindude proudly presents - an album containing old school pop, rock and some country!

For this year's challenge, Strummindude is a band. And not just any band, but a fine collection of seasoned pros, lending the songs on the album more energy and maturity, as well as presence and polish, though still retaining a ragged edge.

Three (2010)

Three - the third Strummindude RPM album. Somewhat darker than the earlier two, and a little less strummin. Eight songs, ranging from fast paced rock over 70's progressive sounds and crooner over towards soul pop. I had the help of Janne Hedlund on the drums throughout the album, and Johan Dereborn laid the bass lines for The Big One and Holding On. Lyrics for The Big One courtesy of Brian McCloskey. This album was the final test for the new studio setup, and it held together nicely! The sounds are consistently well behaved and the equipment and tools easy to work with. The acoustics of the studio held together as well, and I'm very happy with the way it turned out!

Kaleidoscopy (2011)

A musical kaleidoscope – the 2011 RPM Challenge Strummindude album Kaleidoscopy! With a musical palette stretching from the jazzy bossa-nova of “Again” and the velvet bluesy “Don’t Ever”, over 80?s westcoast flavoured “Katie” to bombastic progressive rock-inspired “Falling is Never”, and a lot of stuff in between, this album should have at least something to offer, almost regardless of your musical preferences.

Ded Herring (2012)

If there is any binding theme to this album, it would be the ambition to keep each composition and arrangement as short and effective as possible. Actually, most songs clock in short of the three minute mark, which is quite a dramatic change compared to previous Strummindude albums. Big creds to Will Gough and Brent Kinder for their lyrical contributions.

Delicate Danseuse (2013)

Going low key, this album will represent a little more defensive approach to the art of album making. Up until the very last minute, all bets were off as to the birth or miscarriage of the Strummindude 2013 RPM Challenge album. The fact that it was not a stillborn is mostly due to the great work of Will Gough, who is credited for lyrics on six of the songs. A seventh song was a collab where Brian McCloskey wrote the words. Kudos also to Johan Dereborn, who mixed and produced two of the songs.

35 05 (2014)

Strummindude's 2014 effort. (The title is the length of the album. It also so happens, quite by accident, really, that the result of the minutes divided by the seconds signifies the count of Strummindude RPM albums so far...)

V.A.C.U.A (2015)

7 songs, 39 minutes. Yes, these are some pretty bulky tunes, averaging past the 5:30 mark! :) However, it's my firm opinion that they warrant it. Kudos to Will Gough who helped me with some of the lyrics.

End of the World (2016)

A surprise album. Perhaps Strummindude's last?

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Strummindude

BIOGRAPHY

Strummindude is Jana Persson, former pro musician (ages ago) out of Stockholm, Sweden. That's in Europe. The north end of it.
Strummindude is the moniker under which Jana showcases his material.

BAND MEMBERS
Performers on End of the World:
Jana Persson - vocals, guitars, ukulele, mandolin, bass, keyboards
Janne Hedlund - drums(5)
Hasse "Hank" Johnzon - pedal steel(1), lap steel(2), baryton(1), dobro(7) and electric guitars(7)
Gary Fox - guest guitar and vocals(2)

Performers on V.A.C.U.A:
Jana Persson - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Janne Hedlund - drums
Hasse "Hank" Johnzon - pedal steel(4), lap steel(2), dobro(4) and additional guitars(1,4)
Kenta Brännlund - lead guitar(3)

Performers on 35 05:
Jana Persson - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, ukulele
Janne Hedlund - drums
Hasse "Hank" Johnzon - pedal steel, lap steel and various guitars
Rob Wirensjö - keyboards (4,5)
Robert Ivansson - bass (4,5)

Performers on Delicate Danseuse:
Jana Persson - Lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards and programming
Johan Dereborn - Bass guitar (3, 5), backing vocals (3, 5)
Janne Hedlund - Drums and percussion (3)

Performers on Ded Herring:
Janne Hedlund - Drums and percussion (all tracks)
Jana Persson - Lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, ukulele, keyboards
Johan Dereborn - Bass guitar (3,6)
Hasse Johnzon - Pedal steel guitar (1,2,4), electric guitar (4,5,6), banjo (7,8), gut string guitar (8), lap steel (5)

Performers on Kaleidoscopy:
Janne Hedlund - Drums and percussion (all tracks)
Jana Persson - Lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, ukulele, keyboards (Insatiable)
Robert Wirensjö - Keyboards
Hasse Johnzon - Pedal steel guitar, electric guitar (Again)
Amanda Persson - Lead and backing vocals (Take Me Dancing)

Performers on Three:
Janne Hedlund - Drums and percussion (all tracks)
Jana Persson - Lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards
Johan Dereborn - Bass (The Big One, Holding On, Teller of the Tale)

Performers on Writing On The Wall (in order of appearance):
Janne Hedlund - Drums and percussion (all tracks)
Robert Wirensjö - Keyboards
Micke Hujanen - Electric guitar(1,5), synth(5)
Jana Persson - Lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass
Hasse Johnzon - Electric guitar(8), pedal steel guitar(3,8), dobro(3), bass(8)
Roger Gustafsson - Electric guitar(4,7), acoustic guitar(4,7), pedal steel guitar(7), dobro(4), bass(4,7), banjo
Steve Gintz - Trumpet

No additional musicians on The Sauna Tapes

YEARS COMPLETED
2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016

GENRES
Rock,Adult Contemporary Pop,Pop/Rock,

OTHER BAND SITES
http://www.strummindude.com
http://www.soundcloud.com/strummindude
http://bandcamp.com/strummindude


Completed Albums

The Sauna Tapes(2008)

Strummindude's first effort for the RPM Challenge. It contains an unsorted bunch of songs spanning from melodic rock over country to classical.


Overture
The Homecoming
Would That I Could
Try Again   (preferred)
You And I
Do What You Wanna Do
Going Home
Taste Love Again (It's Gonna Be All Right)
Good Night Daddy

Writing On The Wall(2009)

Strummindude proudly presents - an album containing old school pop, rock and some country!

For this year's challenge, Strummindude is a band. And not just any band, but a fine collection of seasoned pros, lending the songs on the album more energy and maturity, as well as presence and polish, though still retaining a ragged edge.


Writing On The Wall
Gimme Water
Good Times Again
Always Have A Haven
Dark Eyed Lover   (preferred)
Stay With You
Nightmare Land
CO2
Leave It All Behind
Night Train

Three(2010)

Three - the third Strummindude RPM album. Somewhat darker than the earlier two, and a little less strummin. Eight songs, ranging from fast paced rock over 70's progressive sounds and crooner over towards soul pop. I had the help of Janne Hedlund on the drums throughout the album, and Johan Dereborn laid the bass lines for The Big One and Holding On. Lyrics for The Big One courtesy of Brian McCloskey. This album was the final test for the new studio setup, and it held together nicely! The sounds are consistently well behaved and the equipment and tools easy to work with. The acoustics of the studio held together as well, and I'm very happy with the way it turned out!


What Will It Take
The Big One   (preferred)
Get Out Of Here
Dead End Street
Somebody Else's Life
Holding On
Teller Of The Tale
Jam Stuffin

Kaleidoscopy(2011)

A musical kaleidoscope – the 2011 RPM Challenge Strummindude album Kaleidoscopy! With a musical palette stretching from the jazzy bossa-nova of “Again” and the velvet bluesy “Don’t Ever”, over 80?s westcoast flavoured “Katie” to bombastic progressive rock-inspired “Falling is Never”, and a lot of stuff in between, this album should have at least something to offer, almost regardless of your musical preferences.


Kaleidoscopy Overture
Time To Let Go
Insatiable   (preferred)
Take Me Dancing
Again
Katie
Over You
Falling Is Never
Kaleidoscope

Ded Herring(2012)

If there is any binding theme to this album, it would be the ambition to keep each composition and arrangement as short and effective as possible. Actually, most songs clock in short of the three minute mark, which is quite a dramatic change compared to previous Strummindude albums. Big creds to Will Gough and Brent Kinder for their lyrical contributions.


One Eternity   (preferred)
No Tomorrow
We Got Bananas
No Surprise
Counting Days
Amarte
In Dreams
Rolling In Havana
Song I Wrote
Into the light

Delicate Danseuse(2013)

Going low key, this album will represent a little more defensive approach to the art of album making. Up until the very last minute, all bets were off as to the birth or miscarriage of the Strummindude 2013 RPM Challenge album. The fact that it was not a stillborn is mostly due to the great work of Will Gough, who is credited for lyrics on six of the songs. A seventh song was a collab where Brian McCloskey wrote the words. Kudos also to Johan Dereborn, who mixed and produced two of the songs.


Delicate Danseuse
Angel Falling
The Long Run   (preferred)
An Ordinary Life
The Myth of Honesty
A Thousand Days
Stay Here
Numbers
Bavarian Bagatelle

35 05(2014)

Strummindude's 2014 effort. (The title is the length of the album. It also so happens, quite by accident, really, that the result of the minutes divided by the seconds signifies the count of Strummindude RPM albums so far...)


Still Learning   (preferred)
Go On
Catch The Day
It Aint Purty
Stuck Inside
Winter Morning
Rub It In
Ought To Know

V.A.C.U.A(2015)

7 songs, 39 minutes. Yes, these are some pretty bulky tunes, averaging past the 5:30 mark! :) However, it's my firm opinion that they warrant it. Kudos to Will Gough who helped me with some of the lyrics.


Twice In a Million
String Theory   (preferred)
Needles Eye
Time To Heal
Voluntarily Disparadised
Morning Glow
Event Horizon

End of the World(2016)

A surprise album. Perhaps Strummindude's last?


End of the World
Same As Us
Down Down Down
Alazia
Memoriam
Nowhere Road   (preferred)
The RPM Song