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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories

The songs and stories of Michael Gaither

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #183: Keith Rayburn and Highway

Keith Rayburn talks about the father-song recording effort that became his debut solo CD, "Highway".

47mins

15 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #179: Nancy Cassidy’s “River’s Rising”

Bay Area songwriter Nancy Cassidy talks about the literal and metaphorical themes running through her new release, "River's Rising".

31mins

24 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #172: Michael Gaither and Steve Kritzer on KPIG Radio

Michael Gaither and Steve Kritzer play from their new CDs, “Hey Karma” and “Right Where I’m Supposed to Be” live on KPIG radio.

37mins

8 Dec 2017

Rank #3

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #160: Scott Cooper on “Batik in Blue”

A chat with the SLO gypsy jazz swing tango folk wild classical outfit about their new record, "Ebb and Flow". Details at http://www.michaelgaither.com.

58mins

7 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #158: Recent Radio - And My Red Skelton Story

Interview and music highlights host Michael Gaither's recent radio appearances. And a new song about Red Skelton. Details at http://www.michaelgaither.com.

28mins

31 May 2016

Rank #5

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #155: Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen

A kitchen-table chat with Candian-born songwriter Dan Frechette and Monterey Bay violinist Laurel Thomsen. Details at http://www.michaelgaither.com.

1hr 4mins

22 Mar 2016

Rank #6

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #130: Evie Ladin and Keith Terry

Clawhammer/clogger/songwriter Evie Ladin and percussionst Keith Terry discuss Evie's newest record, "Evie Ladin Band". See the notes and links to go with this episode at http://www.michaelgaither.com.

21mins

30 Oct 2013

Rank #7

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #111: The Band of Heathens

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23mins

4 Aug 2011

Rank #8

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #102 - Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin (Part One)

Another one to file under “cool people I’ve met along the way”. Or should I say *finally* met. I almost crossed paths with singer/songwriters Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin several times the past few years (FAR-West, the occasional showcase) but it was always a near miss. We finally got together last fall here for a very fun visit at the house when they came by to do the kitchen-table talk thing.

35mins

21 Feb 2011

Rank #9

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #81: Saved for a Rainy Day

An interview by KVMR's Wesley Robertson, live performances of "After a Good Rain", "Roselle", and "Gettin' to My Glory Days", and live cover of Warren Zevon's "My Ride's Here" from Evangeline's Cafe later that evening.

46mins

18 Jan 2010

Rank #10

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #76: "Eilen Jewell - REAL Country Music"

Boston songwriter Eilen Jewell talks about her influences (Loretta Lynn, The Zombies, Buddy Holly), her latest release "Sea of Love" and her roots-gospel side project, "The Sacred Shakers".

28mins

21 Oct 2009

Rank #11

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #72: A Kitchen-Table Chat with John Batdorf (Part Two)

California songriter John Batdorf plays (and tells the stories behind) What D'Ya Got" and "That Don't Seem Right To Me" off his new release, "Old Man Dreamin'".

24mins

2 Sep 2009

Rank #12

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #70: The Return of Brad Colerick (Part Two)

California songriter Brad Colerick performs (and tells the stories behind) the songs "My California" (off "Lines in the Dirt") and "Paper in Heaven" (off the upcoming release "When I'm Gone").

22mins

6 Aug 2009

Rank #13

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #55: No, the OTHER Arthur Godfrey (Part Two)

Songwriter Arthur Godfrey plays the title track and "Richard's Song" off his new release, "Broken Wings". Want to win a copy of "Broken Wings"? Listen to this episode for details.

16mins

23 Mar 2009

Rank #14

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #53: Chuck Brodsky on "The Story Song"

Songwriter Chuck Brodsky Chuck explains the freedom that a narrative story gives him when writing and tells some of the stories behind songs on his new live record, "Two Sets".

22mins

5 Mar 2009

Rank #15

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #35: Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd (Part One)

"There's a million ways to live a life" is how award-winning singer/songwriter Alisa Fineman describes that path she's taken that led her from environmental studies, to being a fire lookout in the Rockies, and to eventually becoming a songwriter. These days she collaborates with Kimball Hurd, who many know from his work with the Santa Cruz folk trio City Folk (which consisted of Kimball, Keith Greeninger, and Roger Feuer. In the first of this two-part interview, Alisa and Kimball discuss their musical similarities and differences and tell about the plans for their first CD together. Want to win a "Grateful Dread Radio" T-shirt? Listen to this podcast for details.

44mins

6 Jul 2008

Rank #16

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #18 Texas Songwriters Part 2 - Patrice Pike

She quit the University of Texas (while attending on a scholarship), formed the band Little Sister (which evolved into Sister Seven), and has been writing, playing, and touring ever since. This second of three "Songs and Stories" episodes with Texas songwriters features a conversation with Dallas native Patrice Pike...

27mins

12 Nov 2007

Rank #17

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #8: Interview with songwriter Joziah Longo (of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams)

An interview with Joziah Longo, lead singer and songwriter for Gandalf Murphy and the Salmbovian Circus of Dreams. Read the show notes and listen to more podcasts like this one at http://www.michaelgaither.com.

23mins

25 Jun 2007

Rank #18

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #188: "Nashville's Renee Wahl"

Nashville’s Renee Wahl talks about how she moved from a twelve-year military career to a life as a full-time songwriter in Nashville.

43mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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Michael Gaither - Songs and Stories #187: "Mira Goto Splits Her Time Between Santa Cruz and Nashville"

Mira Goto chats about splitting her time between Santa Cruz CA and Nashville TN and how she's using social media to take her music to the next level.

50mins

6 Aug 2019

Rank #20