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"The Why Store" is a band led by Chris Shaffer, an intense, emotional songwriter with a repertoire of 150+ original songs. Add to that another 30 covers; years of musical expertise; and comradery from Troy Seele, Dan Hunt and Jerome Rieskamp. What you get onstage is a unique experience every night.
The Why Store was formed in the late 1980s in Muncie, Indiana. In 1993, the band independently recorded Welcome to the Why Store. One year later, the band recorded Inside the Why Store. Both albums were locally successful, and The Why Store began getting attention from record labels. In 1995, The Why Store signed to MCA’s subsidiary Way Cool Music for their first major-label effort, a self-titled LP, which was released in 1996.
Their major label debut on MCA Records spawned several hits. The first single, “Lack of Water,” was a #1 hit on Triple-A Radio; the band performed “Surround Me” on Late Night with Conan O’ Brien and saw their video for “Father” receive rotation on MTV2 and VH1. The Why Store was a "Top 20" album for 1996 and went on to sell 200,000 copies.
In 2007, Shaffer reincarnated The Why Store with an exciting new album called VIM. Produced by Rusty Anderson, Paul McCartney’s long time guitarist, VIM showcases Chris’s passionate songwriting and refreshingly edgy vocal ability. “It was a magical experience--definitely the best thing I’ve ever done,” says Shaffer.