Curtis McPeake Recieves IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award

“Curtis McPeake: In recognition of his lifetime of contributions to bluegrass as one of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, a stand-in for Earl Scruggs at Flatt & Scruggs shows, as a member of the Opry’s staff band, and as a Nashville session player, among his many accomplishments.” — IBMA

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Curtis McPeake & Andy May at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Banjo legend Curtis McPeake and Andy May returned to the Country Music Hall of Fame this past weekend for an instrument demonstration in the lovely Ford Theater. They picked tunes from their new CD, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad), answered questions from the audience, and told stories about life in the music business. Fun for all!

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Copper Mountain Music Festival 2018

It was a great weekend to be in the Colorado Rockies for the 4th annual Copper Mountain Music Festival! Andy played and MC’d both days of the festival. Lovely event!   Thanks to Harvey Licht for the photo of Andy looking mischievous – and to Copper Mountain Music Festival for the others!

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It’s Blackberry Season! Have a Taste of Andy’s “Blackberry Jam”!

This sweet video was created by Andy’s good friend and former band mate, the late Tabby Crabb, just for fun. (Thanks Tab!)

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Bluegrass Unlimited on McPeake & May – “The Good Things”

“McPeake logged seventy-plus years in the music business…. His credentials are certainly well-established and his love for the music is evident on this recording. May has played with McPeake over twenty years and is a veteran singer/songwriter and champion guitarist. Together, McPeake and May have collaborated to present their versions of songs and arrangements they both love. The tracks were recorded …just two months before McPeake’s 90th birthday. (Well done fellows!) …Included here are “Reuben’s Train,” “My Home’s Across The Blue Ridge Mountains,” and “Leather Britches,” among others…. “Grandpa’s Mule” is the only selection that isn’t an old chestnut. Written by Andy’s wife, Lauren, the song is about her Alabama grandfather’s infamous mule, Betsy… You’ll hear a little of “Flop-Eared Mule” in this one, which should probably bring a smile to your face. Aubrey Haynie adds fiddle work and Tim Dishman is on bass and harmony vocals. As the CD jacket indicates: ‘Heckuva good time!'”- BW, Bluegrass Unlimited

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