Rick Shaffer – Let Go (Review)

Rick Shaffer - Let Go (Review)

Check out this music review of the new single ‘Let Go’ released by Rick Shaffer 

Rick Shaffer is a dynamic rock artist with a really unique background. His sound makes us think of a wide variety of genres, ranging from punk, to garage, blues rock and psychobilly. His most recent release, “Let Go,” is a particularly impressive song. His singing has a theatrical quality to it, which really makes me think of genius artists like Tom Waits and Nick Cave. In addition to that, the instrumental is a cavernous stomp, with driven drums and unique guitar tones. The sound makes us think of artists like Stray Cats, The Blasters and The Cramps, making for a really gritty and down-to-earth approach.

If you like tried-and-true alternative rock with a retro twist, you are going to connect with this release. Rick is a diverse and forward-thinking musical act, who is able to channel a wide range of influences, while retaining a stark and personal sound. This release marks an important step further for the artist, and it is extremely well-produced, making for a great listening experience.

Find out more about Rick Shaffer’s music and head over to his official page on Soundcloud, where you can check out “Let Go’ here


Creatures Of Impulse, the ninth solo album by Rick Shaffer, is exactly what a garage blues record should sound like. Recorded in a ramshackle Como, Mississippi studio by a group of musicians playing together in a room, with sounds bleeding into each other, production atmospherics of shakers, tambourines and spoons adding movement to straightforward backbeats. There’s looseness, a human element that is missing from many of the over-produced music that’s released today.

The rhythm section and playing styles of Detroit’s Stevie Carlisle, and Memphis bass player Billy Nichole, provide contrast and diversity to the hill country swing of Boo Boo Spencer. This is the foundation and sets the stage for the maverick garage blues Shaffer’s been mining the last number of years. The songs and sound is a meld of hill country, late sixties British R&B, garage blues, rock and roll, and classic songwriting and spontaneity.