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Americans for the Arts Convention, 2014 – Nashville

June 13, 2014, Omni Hotel, Nashville, TN.

Andy was invited to perform and to host a jam for the 2014 Americans for the Arts convention. He brought in Kenny Malone, Craig Fletcher, and Jeremy Shearer for the band, played a set, then opened it up for the arts administrators to join in. Those folks are a talented bunch, as you might imagine!


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Andy May CDs

All of Andy’s CDs are released on Swift River Music. In addition to writing and arranging his material, Andy produces all of his own recordings. When he doesn’t play or sing a part himself, he brings in great musicians to do the job. On his CDs, you’ll hear the likes of  Kenny KosekKenny MaloneDennis CrouchDarrin VincentHal RuggCurtis McPeakeJonathan YudkinJim HeffernanJohn Gardner, Rodger MorrisCharlie CushmanBuddy GreeneJeff TaylorRick LeeDave TalbotCraig Fletcher …. and the list goes on. Just explore the player on the right to hear samples of their work!


 

 

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Blackberry Jam – Song

©Lauren LeCroy MayAndy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

Behind the Song

Lauren (words): I wrote this lyric the first summer we lived in Tennessee, after we have been once through all the seasons. We had moved from Colorado at the end of the previous May with our then 2-year-old, and wild blackberries, which didn’t grow in the part of Colorado where we had lived, were a revelation to us. (So were chiggers, but that’s another story entirely!) Every bit of this song is true: Blackberry picking with our kid and our old black dog became a part of our summers, and blackberry jam became a part of our winters.

Andy (music): When Lauren first showed me this lyric, she asked if I could work in a break using a bit of the old fiddle tune, Blackberry Blossom when I scored it. I worked with it a bit and realized that the structure of her lyric fit Blackberry Blossom perfectly – it just needed a “b part.” Lauren re-worked one of her verses into a b part/chorus and I based the entire melody on Blackberry Blossom – including working in the break that Lauren has asked for.

Several years later, my buddy, Tabby Crabb, made a music video of this song for us. (Below) 

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Robert Bromley – Don’t Lose Heart

From the liner notes: It’s been a challenging four years, with all the rodeo rides life’s thrown at us. Though life does not always deal you the perfect hand, God, family and friends can see you through anything. Believe in your dreams and cherish the ones who stand beside you through it all. Most of all, don’t lose heart.–RB I…

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Andy May – Blackberry Jam

Americana pioneer Andy May combines acoustic/alternative country, bluegrass, folk, blues and rock influences with his trademark optimism touched with humor. Blackberry Jam also features Andy’s clean, lively production and some of Nashville’s best players.

…I thoroughly enjoyed this fine CD.  The music is all original, well written, and fresh. Andy’s vocals are clear and clean and he is an excellent guitar player as well. One cut, “Little Bird,” I especially enjoyed features Andy playing some fine finger-style guitar with a banjo-like roll. — JP, Bluegrass Now [more]

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