About Sara Tone
Sara Tone has been dedicated to bringing a steady stream of music that expresses the Joys and Celebration of Creation. Deeply moved, she finds fuel for the fire of this expression through Vigilance and Awareness of the state of the Earth and our Relationship to Land.
Inspired by her travels and tours throughout the West Coast, Cascadia, B.C., Minnesota, and Hawaii, Sara Tone comes with Songs and Stories to help connect the Community through Music to that Sacred relationship! Sara has been blessed with many opportunity to share this music in a diversity of settings. From Festivals to busking downtown, to Churches and Temple, Festivals, Pubs & Grange Halls, Farms, Farmers Markets and Beaches, On March for Food Freedom and Seed Sovereignty, on Mountain tops, Sail Boats, always at the River Banks Givin Thanks and all the way into the heart of New Folsom Prison. This music is always an opportunity to Give Thanks and bring us that much more Close Together. Thank you Gaia!! G4G!!
This New Roots Music is influenced by all the Roots Musics of the world Soul Gospel, Roots Reggae, Celtic, World Folk (as in BY THE PEOPLE), North Indian Raga, West African Blues, Afro Beat, Garifuna, Heart Song, Hip Hop and a Hearty dose of Dub!
About Michael Shay
With the nuance of a classically trained musician, the grit of a hard-traveling Texas troubadour, and a taste for almost every style of music under the sun, Michael Shay's folk and alt-country sensibilities reflect a vision comfortably outside any "Americana" box while still evoking his earliest influences: Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, Dylan, and the Dead.
Born in Austin and recently relocated to Portland, Oregon after a stint in Ecuador, twenty years exploring countless musical traditions in far-flung countries has led Shay full circle to find his true artistic home deep in the North American vocal traditions . As cellist in world music duo The Just Desserts and singer-songwriter/guitarist leading his country/bluegrass band Texas Express, Shay has previously toured Canada, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Germany, France, England, Denmark, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico, as well as most of the United States more than a few times. With Texas Express, Shay spearheaded two tours and one educational residency in Ecuador and Colombia under the auspices of the US State Department, and Texas Express was the alternate band for the American Music Abroad program in 2014.
Shay has performed, recorded, and collaborated with Anais Mitchell, Jonathan Byrd,, Eliza Gilkyson, Zoe Lewis, Patrick McAvinue, Sam Guthridge, Jordan Tice, Brittany Haas, Phoebe Hunt, Eleanor Whitmore (Steve Earle), Mark Rubin (Bad Livers), Will Taylor, Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Conrad Choucroun (NRBQ), Matt Hubbard (7 Walkers/Willie Nelson), Carolyn Wonderland, Guy Forsyth, Matt Fockler, Geoff Union (Ragged Union), Johnsmith, Paula Nelson,Libby Kirkpatrick, Idgy Vaughn, Alex Coke, Wayne Sutton, Matt Giles, Jonathan Doyle,, Maria Tejada, Donald Regnier, Paco Godoy, Mariela Condo, MUNN, Orquesta de Instrumentos Andinos Quito, and many others.