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Cindy Baucom Interviews Andy May on “MerleFest Radio Hour:” MerleFest on the Road, Acoustic Kids, and a bit of McPeake & May

The interview, including two cuts from McPeake & May, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad), starts at 21:07 – about 1/3 of the way through the program.

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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) 

Listen

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New Andy May Single: “Bluebird”

Missouri Bluebird Society Special Edition

Check out Andy’s new SOLO single, Bluebird! Released just in time for the Missouri Bluebird Society’s annual meeting, we will donate a portion of the proceeds from download sales to MOBS to support their bluebird conservation and education efforts. 

This one’s just Andy, finger-picking guitar and singing. It’s a Spring Song. A Homecoming. A Welcome.
Download on CD Baby.

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Andy May - Room for Roots

Same Ol’ Blues

©Andy May, (Swift River Music/BMI)

Behind the Song

Coming soon

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Andy May - Room for Roots

My Small Town

©Andy May, Lauren LeCroy May, Brycen Fast (Swift River Music/BMI)

Andy: What a gift it is when you find yourself in a good place among good people. 

LaurenBrycen came to us with the idea for this song and a start on the lyric. I loved where he was coming from, and worked on it over a period of time. The song didn’t make it on to Brycen’s CD, Flyin’ Fast, but Andy put it on his 2016 release, Room for Roots, the title of which is actually from a line in this song.

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