Shack began playing guitar in 1988 while in the 6th grade and made the transition to the bass in 1993. "I heard that some guys in town were looking for a bass player. They were all great players and I felt like I could really learn a lot if I could get in to their band. So, I lied and told them that I had been playing bass for a while. They asked me to come audition so, I borrowed a bass and learned a few songs that they wanted me to learn. I'm still not sure if I played well or if they were just out of options but, I got the gig".
Shack continued on the bass until 1999 when he took a position as front man in a band in Korea. "Singing was fun and we played some great shows but, it was just a time killer while I did my year over there. Once I made it back to the States, I had to get back to the low end. That's where my heart is and where I'm most comfortable".
In 2008 after taking two years off from playing in bands, Shack found himself back in the rhythm section when Clinch 46 formed. "I had been into long distance running and fighting MMA and was only doing music whenever people would come over to the house and break out the acoustic guitars. I wasn't looking to be in a band at all and then suddenly, I found myself in this situation where this band was forming that I really had no interest in being a part of for one, and secondly didn't have the time for. I honesty don't know exactly how it all came about but, in the end, I hung up the gloves and strapped on the old axe and I guess the rest is history". The band has seen several players and singers come and go and has come a long way to get to where it is today. "We've all become better players as a result of it all and I wouldn't trade any of it. Some of it I may not speak about freely but, I wouldn't take any of it back".
Shack's influences might not be what you would expect if you've ever been to a Clinch show. "I grew up on metal and that is still primarily my favored music. I listen to a lot of punk as well. Stuff like Mudvayne, Pantera, Mastodon, Rancid, Black Flag and those types of bands are what really get me going". Not to completely abandon his southern roots, Shack also lists several southern rock artists as sources of inspiration. "As much of a metal guy as I am, I do love bands like Drivin' n Cryin', The Drive By Truckers, Todd Snider and guys like that.
"You just can't run wide open all day everyday. Sometimes you just want a big glass of Sour Mash and a record like Decoration Day to unwind with".