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Michael Gaither

The UK’s “Maverick Country has called him “a writer with a keen eye for detail and a gentle sense of humor”. A storyteller as much as a songwriter, California native Michael Gaither takes the “write what you know” idea to heart, wrapping his music around stories of small-town American life with humorous takes on day-to-day life: Big cars, bad drivers, cell phones, a baby’s first steps. One CD Baby customer said “I love the way Michael crafts his lyrics and speaks about everyday stuff that you wouldn’t think to make into a song.”

“Home” is a running theme on “Starlite Drive-In Saturday Night” (2012), Michael’s third independent release. This new story collection takes an “embracing the past while facing the present” approach. Michael mixes nostalgia (the title track) with a fondness for his hometown (“Still a Small Town”), along some of his trademark humor (“Tell Me Where It Hurts”, “Now It’s a Taqueria”.) The new record is a logical follow-up to Michael’s previous CDs. “Spotted Mule and Other Tales” (2006), which was called “a brilliant debut” from the online station Wild West Radio and “Dogspeed” (2009), called “a great CD talking about everyday life” by the music blog

When not performing his own music, Michael books and hosts the Corralitos Cultural Center Music Series. Offstage, he produces and hosts the “Songs and Stories” podcast, which features stories behind his songs and interviews with other independent songwriters.
"Michael draws the audience into the music through his intelligent, sophisticated lyrics about common everyday subjects to which we can all relate. He sounds like Bob Dylan, if Dylan was born in Texas and moved to Santa Cruz".
(Ruby Slippers, KVMR-FM, Nevada City, CA)

"If you are looking to add some toe tappin’ music to your mule ride or porch sittin’, check out Michael’s CD’s. Shoot, play his songs for your mule. Your mule will thank you!" (Deb Kidwell, Lake Nowhere Mule and Donkey Farm, Martin TN)