MICHAEL SHAY is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Austin and currently based out of Quito, Ecuador. Classically trained as a cellist and raised on the music of his native Texas, fifteen years working in a variety of genres finally led him back to his original/current focus singing his own folk and Americana-flavored songs with a guitar or cello in hand. His work with world music duo The Just Desserts and country/bluegrass band Texas Express has seen him perform, collaborate, and teach in Canada, Italy, Spain, France, England, Denmark, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico, as well as most of the United States. There is nothing like a world-wide musical walkabout to distill ones roots powerfully into song, as Shay's current show attests to.
The diversity of his 7 previous releases (exploring genres as diverse as folk, rock, bluegrass, country, tango, swing, Balkan, Catalan, Indian, Andean, Latin and classical) led to the January 2015 release of the compilation "Decadence - Ten Years of Music 2012-2002". In support of this release, Shay's group (with Ecudorian accordionist/pianist Daniel Pacheco, Texan bassist Ryan Hagler, and a rotating cast of French and American guitarists) will tour Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado from mid June-early August 2015.
- "With a classical musician's nuance, a rocker's taste for intensity, an interest in every kind of music under the sun and an endless appetite for improvisation, Shay's songs and lush baritone voice reflect a vision comfortably outside any "Americana" box while remaining poetically reverent to his roots: Townes, Neil Young, Dylan, the Dead. What's more, you'll never hear a more versatile, original, and expressive cellist in any genre...."