MICHAEL SHAY is a singer-songwriter and cellist 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 travels and work in as many genres finally led him back to a focus on his own songs in both folk and rock settings -sometimes with guitar, sometimes with cello in hand. His work with world music duo The Just Desserts and country-bluegrass band Texas Express has seen him perform 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. A trio (w/Ecudorian accordionist/pianist Daniel Pacheco and Texan bassist Ryan Hagler) 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 and 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 but 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 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...."