RockWired Voters Name Rick Shaffer November ARTIST OF THE MONTH

rockwiredartist-ofthemonthThe polls closed for RockWired’s November 2016 ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign. Voters made their vote count and Rick Shaffer is RockWired’s 72nd ARTIST OF THE MONTH.

Back in 2011, guitarist Rick Shaffer perked our ears at RockWired with the release of his solo album “HIDDEN CHARMS” and it’s reliance on the very fuzzy, distorted guitar sounds that made Link Wray legendary, the swagger that made The Stones the big deal that they’ve been for fifty some odd years, and Shaffer’s purring vocals that recall Stooges-era Iggy Pop, and Velvet Underground-era Lou Reed. Trust us when we say that no charms were hidden on that album. It was all audible and the perfect antidote to much of the over-production that had come to typify a lot of rock music that year.

Hell, over-production still typifies much of the rock n roll that’s out there now and thank God for Shaffer’s album “OUTSIDE OF TIME.” Shaffer’s gritty rock ‘n roll approach is put to good use on material that speaks to life’s highs and lows (mostly lows) such as the stomping first single “Going Down Slow” accompanied by a mesmerizing music video.

∎October 31, 2016 — Brian Lush —




“Cruel World” Licensed By Table Sixteen Productions



Table Sixteen Productions has licensed “Cruel World” for the independent film Full Frame, directed by Christopher Kelley.  “Cruel World” is track 6 on Rick Shaffer’s album, Hidden Charms.Cover.HiddenCharms1

Full Frame is a taut, neo-noir throwback to the classic thrillers of the 1940’s, and features exceptional storytelling from director/writer Christopher Kelley, as well as his superb cinematography, along with a talented ensemble cast, highlighted by newcomers Charles Whitcomb, Frankie Murphy-Giesing, and Jeff Baird.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival will host the world premiere of Full Frame on August 4th, at the Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago.  Director/writer Christopher Kelley, and producer Victoria Kelley, will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.

In the meantime, watch the FULL FRAME TRAILER HERE

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