Michael Gaither | Spotted Mule and Other Tales

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Spotted Mule and Other Tales

by Michael Gaither

Bluegrass, folk, and Telecaster-driven country arrangements drive these stories about big cars, bad drivers, a final appearance from Johnny and June, unrequited love at a music festival, and (of course) mules.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Still Walkin'
2:59 $0.99
2. Spotted Mule
2:41 $0.99
3. Highway 17
3:45 $0.99
4. Takin' Baby Steps
4:33 $0.99
5. Good God Man How Big a Car Do You Need?
3:15 $0.99
6. Jack of All Trades
3:24 $0.99
7. Entertaining an Angel
3:04 $0.99
8. Broke
2:45 $0.99
9. Not Stubborn Not My Mule
4:11 $0.99
10. Old-Tyme Heaven
4:24 $0.99
11. Running Down a Dream
2:51 $0.99
12. High and Lonesome
4:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Like his song "Jack of All Trades" says, 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: Big cars. Bad drivers. A baby’s first steps. And, well, even mules. This debut CD, the 2006 release "Spotted Mule and Other Tales", is an Americana mix of folk, bluegrass, and a little gospel.

(Michael’s song “Entertaining an Angel”, from this record, was one of 20 winning entries in the Indie Artists Alliance "Songwriters and Storytellers" contest in May of 2007.)

Michael also produces and hosts "Songs and Stories", a bi-monthly songwriting podcast which features stories behind his songs and interviews with other songwriters. Songs and Stories can be heard on his web site at www.michaelgaither.com, in iTunes (it's a free subscription) and Friday evenings on Grateful Dread Radio, a Baltimore-based Internet station carried by the Live365 network.

Here's what a few folks have to say about "Spotted Mule and Other Tales":

"A brilliant debut CD from Michael Gaither. A fine blend of folk, bluegrass, alternative country and Americana in its purest sense. Aside from the strong songwriting ability and Slaid Cleaves-style vocals, Michael surrounds himself with very strong and multi-talented musicians.
(Jeff Scammon, Wild West Radio/KVMR FM, Nevada City)

"Album of the Week for May 21 2007": Michael Gaither, "Spotted Mule and Other Tales"
(Eddie O'Strange, Town & Country Radio [New Zealand])

"It's a testament to Gaither's songwriting skills that songs about mules and bad drivers come across as effective and engaging, as opposed to gimmickry, and there's a lot to be excited about in an artist who, relatively early in his career, shows this much promise."
(Paul Davis, Metro Santa Cruz)



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Tom Sellers

Songs that'll have you saying, "I know what he's saying."
Sensitive and thought-provoking yet rambunctious enough to have you laughing. If you've ever cussed at the oblivious SUV driver, seen a driver watching TV at 70 mph, taken on a challenge in life, felt the pang of unrequited love -- or if you miss Johnny Cash -- you'll find something familiar here. Vocals are Dylan-esque, but the songwriting and hooks stride strongly in that direction, too.


Tired of "Top 40" boring music? These are fun songs!
I am a driving instructor, and as soon as I heard "Highway 17" on KPIG I bough the CD. I play this song in my classes. My kids keep asking me to put the CD on since they like the other songs as well.

David L Hays Jr

Familiar & Friendly Folk
Michael takes things everyone can relate to and adds his own spin to them in a style reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Roger Miller. Songs, such as "Takin' Baby Steps," "Jack of All Trades," and "Not Stubborn Not My Mule" seemed familiar to me even the first time I heard them.

Every day events, like commuting to work, are captured in song wonderfully. Every word of "Highway 17" rings true ... and "Good God Man How Big a Car Do You Need?" compliments it wonderfully.

It's a great collection of songs, worth every penny!
(and kudos to the guy who designed the album cover)

wim van santen

Spotted Mule
Great album, must be known to many

Mark Pistrang

Songs about mules, cars, angels, and a darn banjo picker who got the girl... what's not to like? Michael's songs and strong, yet sensitive... Serious until you find yourself laughing. Two words for ya: BUY IT!!

sherry austin

story songs with humor and heart
No doubt about it, Michael Gaither is a story teller. He has a knack for making the odinary spring to life and amuse and delight us. With small, everyday things his songs find that warm, familiar fuzzy spot. Even when he tackles annoying issues, such as bad drivers on "Hwy 17", and over-large cars in "Good God Man How Big a Car Do You Need?".. he finds the humor-the parts that we can laugh about-nod our heads and commiserate with. Santa Cruz guitar wiz, Jimmy Jackson (Trailer Park Troubadours) found the heart of the stories that Michael tells, and adds the perfect accompaniment.

Virgil Jenkins

Spotted Mule
I love it. You're very taleneted..best $10 I've spent in a long time. My Fav's "Old Tyme Heaven",HWY 17 "(made that drive every day for four years), and "My god man how big a car do you need?" I bet your fav is "Not Stubborn..." your love for that mule jumps out of my IPOD and runs around the room! I even got the throat lump
a couple times, The whole Carter-Cash family and Mahelia Jackson is truly an "Angel Band". Thanks
for the subtle suggestions about morality. I listenen to this CD every night. "Broke" is so true. Very few arists can make yo laugh,cry and wan't to be a better person all at the same time!
Bravo Michael...Bravo!


Great Album!!!
Great album, As a banjo player myself i really enjoyed this and highly recommend it!


Great Album!!!
Great album, As a banjo player myself i really enjoyed this and highly recommend it!

Betty Overstreet

Spotted Mule
Love it, love it, love it!!! My favorites are Takin" Baby steps and Entertaining an angel and , and, oh heck just buy it I know you will like it!
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