Justin Shuttleworth (left) plays a show with percussionist Max Aures. Shuttleworth’s album, “Let Go,” comes out on Saturday, June 1.
When Justin Shuttleworth was a 15-year-old freshman at Hamburg High School, he saved all of his money to buy a cellphone. When his dad wouldn’t let him get a cellphone, he bought a guitar.
“It was out of spite,” Shuttleworth said with a laugh.
Now the 20-year-old musician is playing shows around Hamburg and is getting ready to release his first CD of original music, “Let Go,” on Saturday, June 1.
Shuttleworth is playing a record-release show on Monday, June 3 at Buffalo Street Grill. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the opening act goes on at 8 p.m.
The new album has an “alternative rock” feel to it, Shuttleworth said. “Let Go” features a full backing band, a departure from his live shows which are acoustic and feature percussionist Max Aures.
Originally starting out with an electric guitar, Shuttleworth has “only recently made the switch over” to acoustic guitar, he said. While he attended a few lessons when he was younger, Shuttleworth is mostly self-taught.
“I took two or three lessons,” he said. “They didn’t really help me, so I quit.”
A business major going into his junior year at Buffalo State, Shuttleworth plans on heading out of town after he graduates to give his music a shot.
“I’m going to try out Los Angeles,” he said. “It’s my dream.”
For now, Shuttleworth is just enjoying playing shows and trying to improve, he said. Having only started playing shows in January, he’s a relative newcomer to the music scene.
“I used to get nervous,” he said. “Now I just get excited to play.”
For more information on Shuttleworth and his music, go to www.justinshuttleworth.com
or his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ Justin.Shuttleworth11