Note: "Dogspeed" is packaged in an eco-friendly cardboard wallet. No plastic in this baby.
Santa Cruz-based singer/songwriter Michael Gaither has done a bit of everything: journalist, corporate trainer, even joke writer for Jay Leno. All roads danced around - and eventually led back to - writing. And music. He favors songs with stories and tales of day-to-day life, as first shown in his debut CD, the 2006 release "Spotted Mule and Other Tales", is an Americana mix of folk, bluegrass, and a little gospel.
"Dogspeed", his 2009 follow up, is another Americana story collection, backed up by a mix of electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and little ukelele this time out. The humorous “bad driver, big cars” thread from the first record continues on “Dogspeed” with “Hang It Up”, a rant about cell phone abuse.
Here's what a few folks have to say about Michael Gaither's music:
"Michael Gaither makes toe tappin' music that makes you think....and smile!!!!
(Wesley Robertson, KVMR, Grass Valley, CA)
"Michael is a writer with a keen eye for detail and a gentle sense of humor."
(Larry Kelly, Maverick Country [UK])
"I have often thought that the hardest songs to write concern everyday life. Michael Gaither is a singing storyteller in the style of Tom T. Hall and Roger Miller with a heaping dash of Lyle Lovett in the mix."
(Uncleshag, The Longtown Sound Podcast and WLSO FM)