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) 

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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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“Blackberry Jam“ – Press release

A tasty batch of songs by Andy & Lauren May Americana pioneer Andy May combines acoustic/alternative country, bluegrass, folk, blues and rock influences with his trademark optimism touched with humor. Blackberry Jam also features Andy’s clean, lively production and some of Nashville’s best players. Blackberry Jam is packed with a dozen original songs performed by Andy and a world-class acoustic band. The recipe…

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Walnut Valley Festival: ‘Blackberry Jam” by Andy May

Andy May is no high lonesome singer. He has a graceful baritone and an easygoing manner. But make no mistake. The man appreciates bluegrass, and he proves it …on the new CD “Blackberry Jam.“…In addition to the bluegrass celebrations, Andy May and co-writer Lauren May mix healthy doses of the introspective and the inspirational. …Rounding out the release are some lighthearted songs, including the honkytonk shouter “I Think I’ll Move” and the wry diner ballad “Stan”.

–Seth Bate, Walnut Valley Festival program

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