During the summer, when the sidewalk melts under my feet, I imagine my personal theme music.  It is usually a fictitious lanky guitar driven surfer song, very similar to Dick Dale and the Del-Tones' classic, Misirlou.  After such moments, it occurs to me that the beach-side surf rock anthems vanished after a pinnacle of popularity in the 60's.  Have no fear, Rick Shaffer is here. His album "Idiot Flats" revives the forgotten genre.

Shaffer's "Idiot Flats" revives the surf-rock genre but has more stain-power than the original fad.  His construction of hybrid sounds allows for a modern twist on an oldie favourite.  The album combines blues, surf-rock, and an edgy hit of folk to super-charge the wet reverb sounds made famous by surf-rock pioneers.  Shaffer's talent is ingrained in this album as he played guitar, bass, and percussion not to mention writing the lyrics and belting out the vocals. You can hear his zeal in each track.

Listening to the final song "Dangerous Dance" summarizes the ultimate exaltation captured in this album.  The twanging slide guitar is front and center accompanied by a muted distortion.  The song combines all of the greatest elements of Blues tradition.  If I could describe the overall music stylings, it would be the love child of Colin James and Tom Cochran mixed with the sounds of a 1960's beach.  You can almost taste the waves!

This album deserves a good listen with the rating of 4 groovy surfboards out of 5 groovy surfboards! 

Connie Adams ● Orange Country Reverb ● Toronto, Ontario, Canada