Stream a full-band version of "First World Problem" here or in the Audio Player at the bottom of this page, featuring songs from Shay's many past projects including Texas Express, The Just Desserts, and a duet with Anaïs Mitchell


   "Some say that traveling by night is like thought itself, and something like that happened to me listening to Michael Shay, carried by a mood of introspection.  It seemed the goal was about finding the "something" that unifies diverse genres, and his music achieves this very well.  One doesn't feel at all the sensation of it being a “potpourri” but instead that this elusive "something" was discovered…"


   “Being in Austin and hearing so many musicians is always a privilege, but honestly sometimes it all begins to sound the same as all the other bands playing in that particular genre.  Shay’s uniqueness shines as he offers so much variety in that respect, and amazingly, each genre that he presents sounds as though it is his favourite.  He really does step out of the box in that regard- of NOT being able to categorize his music as 'this' or 'that.'”