Andy May - Room for Roots

The Woman in the Wings

©Andy May, Lauren LeCroy May, James Heffernan (Swift River Music)

Andy:  Many folks ask me if this song is about my mom. As I started to write it, I surely was inspired by her example. Then, Lauren LeCroy May added her wise touch to the lyric, and Jim Heffernan brought some good insight, as well. When the song was complete, I felt like we had created something that not only honored my mom but also made a statement about all people who encourage good things in the lives of those around them. Their encouragement lives on long after it is given.    (… more, credits, lyrics)

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Wynn Fay

Wynn was the REAL deal: soulful, musical, knowledgeable, kindhearted, and humble. I performed many a show with him. And, once you were asked to be a Ridgerunner, you were a Ridgerunner for life – and also a member of Wynn’s musical family. Ask other former Ridgerunners like Jim Rooney, Bill Kieth, Jim Heffernan, or Jeff Greenwood (who married Wynn’s daughter Zoe!) or many, many others, and you will hear them all agree.

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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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About

In a career spanning over 4 decades and 3 regions of the nation, Andy has appeared with artists as diverse as Merle Haggard, Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Nickel Creek, Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry, Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Joan Osborne, Jim Rooney, Janis Ian, John Prine, Nancy Griffith, and many, many others. Andy started and runs the IBMA award-winning record label, Swift River Music. He has had songs on Juno- and Apollo Award-nominated albums and T.V. shows, United Way fundraisers, and major T.V. documentaries. He has been a yearly performer and educator at major music festivals like MerleFest (since 2001) and Winfield (since 1989), and a regular workshop contributor to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.

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Snowy Winds of January…

…or February, as the case may be. It seems like this is a good couple of days to just stay home, if your home is anywhere in the central or eastern United States. Here in Tennessee, we’re covered in ice! We were reminded of this song reflecting on Andy’s road warrior years in New England, and we’re sending it out to all of you – along with the hope that you are hunkered down and staying safe and warm during this weather!

Snowy Winds of January – Andy May – Maysongs

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