Andy May & CurtisMcPeake at Mainframe Studio

Recording on new Curtis McPeake-Andy May CD completed!

10 tracks. 4 musicians. 4 instruments. 1 heckuva good time!

Curtis McPeake Session - Mainframe Studio

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After a fast and furious week of recording, mixing and mastering, the new Curtis McPeake CD, as yet unnamed, is ready for the next step. Andy produced the old-time bluegrass project, featuring Aubrey Haynie on fiddle, Tim Dishman on bass, Andy May on lead vocals and guitar, and – of course – Curtis on banjo, at Mainframe Recording Studio in Nashville with Nathan Smith as engineer. More details to follow, but here are some pictures for you, now:

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"Room for Roots" - Session 1

Studio Session: “Room for Roots”

Nashville, TN, September 11, 2013The first recording session for what would become Andy’s 2016 CD, “Room for Roots.” Present: Andy May, Kenny Malone (percussion), Jim Rooney (guitar), Jeremy Shearer (bass), and Nathan Smith (engineer).

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Mandomonium

Bring together thirteen musicians sporting backgrounds from bluegrass, classical, and jazz. Add the love for the rich mandolin orchestra sound from the 1920’s, and you have Mandomonium! Founded and directed by Brent Hawley, this eclectic ensemble tackles songs that challenge the musicians and keep the listeners on the edge of their seats. Credits Produced by Brent Hawley Mandomonium Mandolin Orchestra First Mandolin: Grant Gordy, Dan…

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Blackberry Jam - Andy May - cover art

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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(… more, credits, lyrics)

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Curtis McPeake & Andy May – The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad)

– Curtis McPeake and Andy May – with Aubrey Haynie and Tim Dishman –

Banjo. Guitar. Fiddle. Bass. 

4 instruments. 4 musicians. 1 heckuva good time!

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