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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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

(… more, credits, lyrics)

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New eStore for Andy May Music and Merch!

Check out Andy’s nifty new store on Squareup.com! Easy ordering, $3 flat-rate shipping per order, and 10% off gift cards through January 1, 2018!   eGiftCards 10% off eGiftCards for Andy May music and merch in December! Get ’em for friends and family, sure, but don’t forget to get one for yourself, too! Use it on your next order – today…

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Andy’s Music on YouTube

February 20, 2017

CD Baby is having technical difficulties today, so it seemed like a good time for a post accessing Andy’s music on YouTube! For each album, you can view the track list by clicking the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.

Room for Roots     Retroflections     Endless Possibilities     Dance of Life     ….

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“Bluegrass Now:” “Blackberry Jam” by Andy May

…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. “Blackberry Jam” is compelling, fresh music.

— JP, Bluegrass Now

 

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