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A folk and blues driven rock band that toured the colleges and bars of Indiana, originally formed in 1992 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana by Michael David Smith, Greg Gardner, Chris Shaffer & Charlie Bushor. The Why Store broke onto the national scene with their 1996 self titled album and the strength of the popular radio single "Lack of Water."

In 1995, the band added keyboardist Jeff Pedersen as an official…

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  • @brianstark thanks for the heads up. I used to love TWS in the late 90s and everyone in it was always really kind to me. Saying that, it seems bizarre to me to use the original name when the band barely contains any of the original members. Hope they're all doing well, wherever they are!
  • Chris Shaffer has resurrected The Why Store name and rereleased his latest solo CD, VIM, as a Why Store CD. The Why Store version of VIM can be purchased here: http://thewhystore.com/store/
  • Loved these guys when I was in school at University of Southern Indiana back in the late 90s. I saw them last November and was kind of let down with Chris, hopefully the next time I see them, I will rekindle my love for the band.
  • Chris Shaffer/The Why Store downloads: http://www.chrisshafferarchive.com/media.html
  • Broken Glass is one of my favorite songs of all time. I only have the s/t though, could anyone upload any others they might have? I just cannot find them.
  • My Sister knows you guys! She toured with you in College!
  • michael smith, the lead guitarist, is my neighbor. he's a great guy- it's too bad that chris schaffer screwed he and the rest of the why store over by leaving...oh well, that's a vocalist's ego for ya...
  • The Why Store is the best band from Indiana ever! Chris Schaffer's lyrics and voice is amazing. Check them out, you wont be dissapointed.

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