The Gospel According to a Mariner

Michael Shay


The Gospel According to a Mariner

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Single #1 from the new album "Motherland," to be released song-by-song over the first months of 2024. Shay on guitars, cello, mandola, voice, whisltin'. Also available on Bandcamp at

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Like a River: The Songs of Jim Harris


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Featuring the Texas country-folk compositions of longtime collaborator Jim Harris w/ pedal steel, Hammond B3 organ, bouzouki, cello, violin, piano, guitar, mandolin, drums, upright bass, and plenty of vocal harmonies.  Performances by co-producer Donald Regnier, Ryan Hagler, Daniel Dufour, Fidel Minda, Brian Oberlin, Chris Kee, Louis "King Louie" Pain, Steve Kerin, Marty Muse, Marc Utter, Matt Giles, Elizabeth Suggs, Daniel Pacheco, and Michael Fox, Shay shines as a vocalist and interpreter, also playing cello on a few cuts in addition to guitar.  More info here.

Decadence - Ten Years of Music 2012-2002

2014 - A compilation

In addition to tracks from the Texas Express album "Disfruteria" (featuring Patrick McAvinue and Sam Guthridge) which was only released in Ecuador, this compilation also includes selections from 4 other previously released records (below). You can purchase "Decadence" at a show or request a copy through the contact page on this website.  

Many of these tracks are available for free download here, and also fo streaming on the Audio Player at the bottom of this page.

The Just Desserts - "La Valentina"


With full band fronted by accordion and cello.

Ecuadorian, "Americana", Balkan, experimental.  Includes both instrumental and vocal tracks.  Recorded in Quito, Ecuador and Austin, Texas.  


The Just Desserts - "Love or Die"


Instrumental World Fusion on accordion and cello with multiple collaborators including Cyril Neville


The Just Desserts - "Meet Me at the Playground"


A seven-song duo EP/demo. Swing, tango, Dawg, and Italian music.  A few vocal numbers, the rest instrumental.


Alive and Well - "Life is Short"


With Geoff Union on guitar, an acoustic duo CD of "Americana" tunes.  Folk, country, bluegrass.  Michael sings his songs on guitar, and accompanies Geoff's songs on the cello.  Vocal harmonies galore.