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The Quitters and the Michael Shay Trio
Artchoke Music
Portland, OR
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The Quitters and the Michael Shay Trio
Michael Shay Trio

Born in Austin and splitting his down time between Oregon and Ecuador, twenty years exploring music from around the world finally led Michael Shay back to his artistic home deep in the North American vocal and songwriting traditions. With the nuance of a classically-trained musician, the twang of a born-and-bred Texan, and a career spent collaborating with musicians in a dozen countries, Shay's vision exists comfortably outside any "Americana" box while still evoking his earliest influences.  

Featuring original acoustic country-folk and roots-Americana with touches of bluegrass, world music and more, Shays songs -like those of longtime songwriting partner Jim Harris- are as likely to touch down in the bars and backroads of cow towns as in the graveyards and parlours of old Europe, dancing with the ghosts of William Blake, Hank Williams, or Sappho - sometimes while you dance too.  Shays lush baritone voice and guitar plus Mark Shark on electric guitar, Chris Kee on upright bass and 3 part vocal harmonies in the Michael Shay Trio combine for a powerfully elegant sound in the tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.


The Quitters

Quote from the Strawberry Music Festival: "Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston make up the dynamic guitar duo, The Quitters. Having each quit some of the best bands in the business, both are late founding members of The Waybacks and each have performed at Strawberry in other configurations. Stevie Coyle has a long and illustrious career as an entertainer that began well before birth and Glenn Houston's well decorated history in music is best known to berry heads for his founding role of powerhouse Americana quintet, Houston Jones. As individuals, both are renowned players in music circles. Now they have joined forces, to the delight of California audiences, to become a right-handed, right-side up fingerpicking and left-handed upside down flatpicking twosome. Mostly acoustic. Some electric. Much serendipity."



Artchoke Music (View)
2006 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 07202
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Country
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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