"With a classical musician's nuance, a rocker's hunger for 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..."
MICHAEL SHAY is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Austin and Quito, Ecuador. Classically trained as a cellist, but equally steeped in the music of his native Texas, fifteen years of world travels have finally led him back to his home country and his own original music. His previous work with world music duo The Just Desserts and country-bluegrass band Texas Express saw 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 musical schitzophrenia 2002-2012", followed by a CD of original songs recorded live in quintet in Ecuador. May 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, coinciding with a full band tour in summer 2015 from Texas to Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and California.