MICHAEL SHAY is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Austin, Texas and Quito, Ecuador. Classically trained as a cellist, but equally steeped in the music of his native Texas, fifteen years of musical world travels and work in as many genres finally led him back to singing his own original music in both folk and rock settings. His previous work with world music duo The Just Desserts and country-bluegrass band Texas Express saw him performing in Canada, Italy, Spain, France, England, Denmark, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico, in addition to most of the United States.
With 6 previous CD releases exploring genres as diverse as folk, rock, bluegrass, country, tango, swing, Balkan, Catalan, Indian, Andean, Latin and classical, Shay will release two more CDs in 2014: The compilation "How to Pull a Man out of a Hat - ten years of music 2002-2012", followed by a CD of original songs recorded live in quartet in 2014 in Ecuador. The band will tour Texas, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon in June and July 2015 in support of this release. Fall of 2015 will see the release of a more electric CD begun in 2007 (finished 7 years later) with band members Alex Coke, Wayne Sutton, Matt Giles, Glen Rexach, Steve Zirkel, David Webb and Elizabeth Suggs.
"With a classical musician's nuance, a rocker's intensity, a taste for 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 the "Americana" box but poetically reverent to his roots: Townes, Neil Young, Dylan, the Dead..."