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Produced by Jimmy Jackson

All songs written by
Michael Herman Gaither
© 2009 ASCAP/MaryLou Tunes

Except "Hang It Up" written by
Michael Herman Gaither
and John Andrew Eddy
© ASCAP/MaryLou Tunes

"Job for the Money" written by
Mark Pristang
© Crybaby Rose Publishing/ASCAP

"Tupelo Honey" written by
Van Morrison, cleared through
The Harry Fox Agency

Dogs - Arlo and Roma

Photography - Bob "Maddog" Rainey and Tomi Edmiston

Santa Cruz-based singer/songwriter Michael Gaither has done a bit of everything: journalist, corporate trainer, even joke writer for Jay Leno. All roads danced around—and eventually led back to—writing. And music. He favors songs with stories and tales of day-to-day life, as first shown in his debut CD, the 2006 release Spotted Mule and Other Tales.

Dogspeed, his 2009 follow up, is another Americana story collection, backed up by a mix of electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and little ukelele this time out. The humorous "bad driver, big cars" thread from the first record continues on Dogspeed with "Hang It Up", a rant about cell phone abuse.

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