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 —




The Reds fans kept asking . . . .

. . . . and we listened.

The Fatal Slide and Stronger Silence albums, by The Reds®, are now available on CD Baby to buy 89¢ mp3’s, or get one song free when you buy an entire album.

Or, purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, Tradebit, or MOG.  To buy now, click on the album’s title . . . . FATAL SLIDE . . . STRONGER SILENCE

“BUY AND SELL” Video Released

“Buy And Sell” is the second track on Rick Shaffer’s solo album, Hidden Charms, released February 2011, by Tarock Music. Shaffer continues, expands, and nicely follows-up the feel of his first solo album, Necessary Illusion, released March of 2010. The concept is for Hidden Charms to have a sound both new and old simultaneously, allowing it to find it’s place in a radio mix from1965, and beyond.

The album’s vibe inspired British director, Peter McAdam, to recruit 2011 youth right off the street, and placing them on the set of a 1960’s dance hall he created at High Bridge Studios, Newcastle UK, and letting “Buy and Sell” play . . . LOUD. The result is a video that also combines new and old, continuing the Hidden Charms concept by having today’s youth easily blend into the 1960’s and not looking, or feeling, out of place.


In “Hidden Charms” Rick Shaffer follows the path that he took with his first album, “Necessary Illusion,” released in 2010. The record contains ten tracks that represent a 1960’s mood and vibe.

What catches attention is a hypnotic beat of percussion, really powerful fuzz-toned guitar, and numerous solos delivered by Shaffer that can be heard in every track. When you add his vocal, changing from bluesy and soulful, to rock and roll strong, it makes a good, and worth noticing, album.

Tracks like “No Big Thing” with a powerful guitar solo and tambourine jingle, “Shadow Line,” “Crime Of Love,” or “The Stranger” with a rocker thick atmosphere, strongly prove that “Hidden Charms” includes songs that could definitely satisfy every listener with an appetite for ’60’s music.

“Buy And Sell” is the piece especially worth mentioning, since it’s catchiness and guitar hook, with a strong and rhythmic vocal, gets stuck in your head.

You can feel the groove of these times, and enjoy rock, blues, and soul music mixed together in one album.

• Barb Adamczyk-Mitka • ROCK ON! MAGAZINE


“Shaffer’s fuzzy blues guitar drives each track commendably along the way”. . . . to read Kevin Kozel’s entire Muzik Review, of Rick Shaffer’s album, “Hidden Charms,” click HERE.

Tarock Releases 2nd Rick Shaffer Solo Album

Rick Shaffer’s second solo venture, “Hidden Charms,” was released by Tarock Music on February 11th. The new album continues, expands, and nicely follows-up the feel of his first solo outing, “Necessary Illusion.” To read more about the songs on the album, and to listen to the first track, click on . . .

Quickstar Releases “ALLSTARS VOLUME 7”

QUICKSTAR has released a new thirty-nine song compilation album, “Allstars Volume 7,” that includes “Big Town,” by The Reds, from their album “Fugitives From The Laughing House.” Purchase it on AMAZON.

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