Michael Shay Trio

Hear 3 songs from the new CD "Like a River: The Songs of Jim Harris":
(Release dates Ecuador: Sept. 9;    USA: Nov. 25, 2017)

                Like A River        Abilene         Desire    

The Michael Shay Trio is Shay's touring ensemble.  Always featuring 3-part harmonies, the Trio brings together diverse instrumentalists and vocalists from different corners of the music universe to interpret Shay's and Jim Harris' songs in an acoustic format.  The Trio has involved Donald Régnier, Ryan Hagler, Sam Guthridge, Spud Siegel, Chris Kee, Michelle Alany, as well as Jane Selkye (making a quartet for the November 2017 tour!).  

Blending roots-Americana with touches of world music, jazz, bluegrass, blues, country-folk and more, The Michael Shay Trio always surprises, engaging audiences with virtuosic musicianship, deep lyricism and just enough upbeat groove.   Shay has always been a musical chameleon, creating uniquely inspired and genre-bending collaborations worldwide.  The Michael Shay Trio, however, sees Michael reining in his musical "universalism" a bit to put the spotlight on his voice in the context of North American traditions.  In that sense, the Trio is just as much at home in taprooms and bars as in listening rooms and theaters.  "You can drink to this music, and you can think to this music."

From Nov. 10-18, The Michael Shay Trio will tour in northern CA as a quartet, featuring Jane Selkye on harmony vocals.  Master French guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Donald Régnier, who co-produced the new CD "Like a River" will join from his home in Quito, Ecuador.  Upright bassist and vocalist Chris Kee, who has been playing with Shay in and around Oregon since 2016, will also serve as navigator along with fellow Northern-Californian Jane, gracing the stage as vocalist meanwhile expanding what it means to be a trio.  



Bass player Chris Kee is a classically trained cellist who studied ethnomusicology at Yale.  Before joining the Michael Shay Trio, he lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He was a conscript of long standing in Peter Rowan’s Free Mexican Air Force, playing major festivals and concert venues with Peter.  He performed and recorded with telecaster master Jim Campilongo, in the legendary Ten Gallon Cats as well as several post-Cats ensembles.  He was the original bass player with the Waybacks, bassist and principal songwriter for Bay Area Americana powerhouse Houston Jones, and multi-instrumentalist and composer with the alt-Americana trio Springhouse.  Chris is also much in demand as a hired gun, recording and performing with Buddy Miller (including appearances with Buddy, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shaw Colvin), Jim Lauderdale, Norah Jones, and many others.   When not performing with Michael, Chris can also be seen in dives around Portland playing honking screaming jump blues with saxophonist Ralph Carney and the Peppergrinders. 


Click here to hear Jane and Chris' project Springhouse, with David Phillips on pedal steel


Donald began to teach himself guitar at the age of 10, playing professionally from age 18.  In 1996, he won the national guitar contest John McLaughlin/Guitarist Magazine, and began formal study with Pierre Cullaz & Michel Perez, and music writing & arrangement with François Jeanneau & Jean Gobinet. He later received a music degree with a focus on jazz from the Conservatory of Metz, France. Since then, he has split his time between jazz and world music. Besides his own musical projects, he has played with: Tot’m, Mister’Oz Big Band, Iguazú, Son Del Sol, Maria Tejada, Ulises Piedra, Ricardo Sandoval, Sofia Ribeiro, Marc Demuth, Bob Morhard, Edith van den Heuvel, Pies en la tierra, Rita Maria, Ecuadorian Jazz Orchestra, Dave Samuels, Anders Astrand, Marvin Holladay, Walt Szymanski, Garry Wittner, Viktorija Pilatovic, among others.  Régnier regulary performs in clubs, festivals and on recording projects as a composer/arranger/improviser on several string instruments (classical, acoustic & electric guitars, dobro, cavaquinho, greek bouzouki, oud etc…) and has performed in Europe, South America, USA and Australia. He is regularly commissioned to write music for the Ecuadorian music scene.  In 2009, he began his own music label, ADL Records, at first to record the musical projects he shares with his life-partner and Ecuadorian singer María Tejada, but slowly opening the label to other artists. "Like a River" will be ADL Records' 12th release.  He was  a teacher at the Music Academy International of Nancy, France (Part of the Berklee International Network), from 2000 to 2007, and at Music School of Echternach, Luxembourg, from 2006 to 2007. He currently teaches music theory at Conservatorio Mozarte, Quito and Brazilian music at USFQ, Quito. (Also part of the B.I.N.)



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