As a lifelong rock n’ roll fan, I can honestly say that I’ve explored and re-explored a wide range of what the genre has to offer. Coming across the work of Rick Shaffer recently, though, made me wonder if I’ve really been paying close enough attention. His new CD “Idiot Flats” is a joyous mix of the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop and the Black Keys with an occasional rockabilly tinge to the proceedings, and it’s a solid effort. “Unforgiven Man” showcases Shaffer’s one-of-a-kind pepped up badass vocal chops, and it would be hard for any rock fan to not love it. “One More Heartache” brings Springsteen to mind with gut wrenching honesty. Already, by track two, I’m blown away and requesting a physical copy for my nest road trip. “Remember” doesn’t slow things down – it heavy’s things up a la 16 Horsepower to keep the momentum strong and forceful. The title track is a low down blues number, dirtier than the Black Keys material we’re used to hearing these days. Highlights from the rest of the release include the mean romper “Around The Bend” that’ll make you want to dance by yourself (it’s that kind of number), and “Dangerous Dance,” which brings the great Steve Earl to mind.
I would not hesitate to HIGHLY recommend this release to any serious fan of rock, rock n’ roll, blues, Americana, and even country. This album is near perfect and delivers a swagger most artists don’t even dream up. GET IT.
James Moore – IMP – Vancouver, BC, Canada
(James Moore is the author of the best selling music marketing book “Your Band Is A Virus,” and is also a contributor to The Muse’s Muse, Skope Magazine, Target Audience Magazine, Evor, and Music Think Tank.)