Whether you label it “Americana,” “folk,” or “singer-songwriter”, Michael is happy being called a storyteller. A west coast native, he takes the “write what you know” idea to heart, telling tales of small-town American life and making humorous observations on the everyday: Bad drivers, cell phone abuse, the aches and pains of getting older.
“Wow, your video is awesome. Loved it. You obviously ARE a drive-in kind of guy.”.
- John Bloom (aka Joe Bob Briggs), journalist and drive-in movie critic
His influences include 1970s writers such as Ray Davies and Warren Zevon and “all those guys from Texas with three names”. Michael turned to songwriting and performing after a background in journalism and a narrow brush with standup comedy. (He sold jokes to Jay Leno. A long time ago. Back when Jay Leno was funny.) Michael has released three CDs of original material, all of which have received international airplay.
“Michael Gaither makes toe tappin’ music that makes you think….and smile!”
- Wesley Robertson, KVMR 88.9 FM, Grass Valley CA
Michael is available as a solo performer for house concerts and smaller rooms or with a band behind him for larger venues and festivals. A partial list of places Michael has performed includes: The Redwood Mountain Faire (Felton CA), The American River Music Festival (Lotus CA), The San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Don Quixote’s Music Hall (Felton CA), Old City Hall (Redding CA), and Michael Nesmith’s Videoranch.com.
“[Gaither] has a way of engaging the crowd and he is one of the most outstanding singer-songwriters in our area.” I love his ability to tell a story with a song.”
- Tom Miller, promoter