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AJ Gaither

  • Montanya Distillers 212 ELk Avenue. Crested Butte, CO 81224 (map)

The sound is cold lonely bars, old empty barns, highways and heartache. From raging high octane foot stompin’ brag songs to slow and soulful songs about struggle and being homesick, every bit of it is drenched in whiskey and hard living. The instruments are old cigar boxes and scrap lumber, spare bolts and wood screws. Each one is unique in tone and appearance. A large feed bucket and a wooden mallet provide the kick drum, accompanied by a junk snare rigged to be played by the foot. All built by the same hands that play them.

Often referred to as “the hardest working musician in Kansas City” by his peers, you will be hard pressed to find any solo musical performer that plays as many shows as A.J. Gaither does in a year’s time yet exudes so much energy on stage night after night.

The love for his craft is blatantly apparent, as he currently travels back roads, haunts biker bars, honky tonks and dives of the Midwest and the South or anyplace with a sized up supply of whiskey and good folks to lend an ear. His first live album was recorded by Little Class Records at The Westport Saloon is now available.