Apart and Together: Chris Shaffer and the Why Store at the Slippery Noodle Inn

The Why Store singer Chris Shaffer Will Appear at the Slippery Noodle Inn on December 7th.

Muncie, Indiana. Though a seemingly innocuous little berg, numerous cultural figure call the central Indiana town home. Don’t believe me? let me list ’em off! Jim Davis and PAWS studio have operated out of Muncie since the 70s. Video artist Andrea Callard grew up in Muncie. And, lest we forget, Muncie is also the origin point for rock band The Why Store. A rock band which is coming to play the Slippery Noodle Inn on December 7th.

A Brief History
The Why Store has its origins in a meeting between Greg Gardner and Michael David Smith and drummer Omar Adams. Gardner and Smith were both attending Ball State, and took the band’s eventual name from a haberdashery located in Muncie. After finding a lead signer in Chris Shaffer, the four began performing under the name Emerald City. Following Adams’ departure, the band took the name the Why Store and the rest is history.

But not really.

The band struggled to find recognition at first.  Between 1993 and 1994 they recorded two self-produced albums which met with only local success. However, the buzz they generated eventually reached the ears of MCA’s Way Cool Music who signed them. Soon after, the Why Store put out their first LP. In 1996, they had a major hit with “Lack of Water” which charted at #1 on Billboard’s AAA chart for two weeks. Nothing gets recognition like a hit single, and soon The Why Store was touring with fellow Indiana musician John Mellencamp.

Unfortunately, the Why Store broke up in 2000, citing creative differences. However, singer Chris Shaffer revived the band in 2007 with a new lineup. This is the version that will be playing the Slippery Noodle Inn.

Their Sound

Chris Shaffer’s group does not differ wildly from that of the original group, who were more or less straight rock. This is not to say they were/are boring. While they stick very close to classic rock, they do have a certain amount of blues and country in their DNA. Likewise, their guitar work is pretty heavy, with a clear Santana influence, even if they don’t have hard rock’s thudding backbeat. The grand result is a compelling, but fun, sound that doesn’t take itself to seriously.

So, as always. The venue is the Slippery Noodle Inn, door’s at 7:30. No cover. See you there!


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