MICHAEL SHUTTLEWORTH... A.K.A. HAMMER!!!!
At age 5 Michael Allen Shuttleworth began his musical journey with his first guitar. Shuttleworth grew up in Nazareth, Pennsylvania but was uprooted from the East Coast to settle in Wisconsin. Not long after arriving in the Midwest, Shuttleworth started a band called Risk with high school friends, writing songs and developing his craft. He later carried the band name with him to college and recorded the song "You Were The World To Me" with B-side track "Wasted Time". Shuttleworth enjoyed some radio success and gathered an underground following at college campuses in Wisconsin. During that time, Shuttleworth studied both vocal and instrumental music at UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse performing with some of Wisconsin’s finest university groups. After several years of struggling as an original artist, Shuttleworth joined the band Stormfront whom he appeared with at his first National Show at the 1999 Rockfest in Cadott, WI along side Peter Frampton, Journey, and Foreigner.
Since then Shuttleworth has become the “go-to” guitarist throughout the Midwest for live bands and session work. He has performed at numerous large rock and country music festivals and shared the stage with many of his rock and country music heroes including: Gary Allen, Aaron Tippin, Trace Atkins, Ray Scott, Montgomery Gentry, Reo Speedwagon,The Band Perry, Hinder, Skillet, Saliva, Kid Rock, The Bodeens, 38 Special, BTO, George Thorogood, Joe Walsh, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Wayland and too many others to list or remember.
Shuttleworth continued to write and record music while touring with different semi-national rock and country music bands. His latest EP Sullivan Trail expresses his desire to play all styles of music and continue to create. "Lonely In A Crowded Room" from the acoustic EP was re-recorded with Shuttleworth’s current group Divided Highway. A video for the song was released by the band in November of 2013 in appreciation for all the fans that have supported the group.
Continually growing Shuttleworth had the idea of sharing his experience with the younger generations. Shuttleworth developed an educational presentation, called "What Music Has Meant to Me", hoping to inspire young people to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. The presentation includes the ups and downs of the music business and the power of positive thinking, as well as performances by Shuttleworth himself. Covering a wide variety of topics catered to the group, it is an event remembered by all that attend.