Michael Gaither | Dogspeed

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Michael Gaither - "Songs and Stories" (official website) Michael's "Songs and Stories" podcast (free in iTunes) Follow Michael Gaither on Twitter Michael Gaither on Facebook Lyrics to "Dogspeed" Myspace page

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by Michael Gaither

A collection of mostly-autobiographical Americana tales, ranging from rock concert memories, to the perils of modern technology, to a four-legged hero of 9-11.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Miss My Town
3:08 $0.99
2. Gettin' to My Glory Days
3:41 $0.99
3. Job for the Money
3:43 $0.99
4. Roselle
3:46 $0.99
5. Hang It Up
4:04 $0.99
6. After a Good Rain
4:04 $0.99
7. Dogspeed
3:50 $0.99
8. Dad Built Roads
4:22 $0.99
9. Where'd the Time Go?
3:42 $0.99
10. Pack My Mule
4:03 $0.99
11. Tupelo Honey
3:44 $0.99
12. I Hope the World
2:24 $0.99
13. Dogspeed (Arlo reprise)
1:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
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)



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Russell Brutsché, singer/songwriter

No Dogs in Dogspeed
Anyone who has spent time along the edge of Monterey Bay will relate to this rich collection of Gaither story-songs. Rhythm textures range from easy-loping "Dogspeed" to the edgy rock beat of minor-keyed "Pack My Mule", and emotions range from fed-upness with Highway 1 cell-phone drivers in "Hang It Up" to the warm encouragements in "I Hope The World". I'm glad Michael is out there saying what so many of us feel.

Leslie Dively

Folk Music Lover
He's got the style of Bob Dylan and the lyric impact of Joni Mitchell - but with his own sound and honest, insightful view of life and a changing world that we can all relate to. His stories and lyrics - sometimes humorous, sometimes cutting at the very heart of the life journey - but none to be missed. I loved this album!!!

Michael Sexton

I have this CD and also "Spotted Mule...". I love the way Michael crafts his lyrics and speaks about everyday stuff that you wouldn't think to make into a song.

Phil Peretz - Indie Artists Alliance

Michael Gaither is clearly one of my favorite artists. You'd never know that he was a local (Santa Cruz) Indie musician when you listen to his latest album This CD is professionally produced by Jimmy Jackson, sound levels are spot on, harmonies are perfect and he is a stellar guitarist, singer-songwriter.

He calls his CD, another collection of mostly true Americana tales, ranging from concert memories, to the perils of modern technology, to a 4-legged hero of 9-11 (Roselle).

It's a great CD talking about everyday life, memories, musings and a poke at those jerks who talk on their cell phones while driving (Hang it Up). There is something that everyone can relate to on this CD.

His cover of Van Morrisons' Tupelo Honey is my favorite on the album. I wish it went a little longer as my memory of this song wants to keep singing along after the song ends. It may be because it's better than the original, it may be because of Breanna Eddy who does harmonies on this song.

Breanna Eddy also does harmonies on the first track of the album, I Miss My Town. A great song to start off this CD getting you in the mood for what follows.

It would be easy to compare Michael to the likes of Pete Seeger, Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan, John Prine, but he really is one-of-a-kind.

Edie Wik

What a great CD. I am enjoying it very much. Love the way Michael Gaither puts his feelings into the songs. Job for the money seems to be stuck in my head, and Roselle beings a tear to my eye every time I hear it. Dad Builds Bridges is another personal favorite as I can just imagine the travels across the roads that he built and memories he shares!! Hang it up goes through my head every time I am on the road. Michael Gaither sings the thoughts in people's minds. Great job. Tahnks and keep the great hits coming!!! Edie Wik Lineville Iowa