Curtis McPeake, Andy May, & Gene Watson on Deck for the Justin Reed Show

May 3, 2018 – Episode 229: At 9 a.m., 90-year-old banjo legend Curtis McPeake, along with guitar virtuoso Andy May, will appear on the show to promote their new project, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad), available now. Throughout his 70-year career in bluegrass, McPeake has been a member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys and stood in for Earl Scruggs. 

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McPeake & May – “The Good Things” Released: Two Shows Planned!

The new CD from banjo legend Curtis McPeake and Andy May, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad) was released today. To celebrate, there are two concerts planned: one in Nashville, and one in west Tennessee, where McPeake grew up. Fiddler Aubrey Haynie and bassist Tim Dishman, who played on the project, will round out the band for both shows.

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Manx Radio New Cool Country Album Of The Week: Mcpeake & May – The Good Things

March 1, 2018, Isle of Man Album page  

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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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Marc Pruett: Curtis McPeake – “The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad)”

Congratulations Curtis! You are making your banjo-buddies proud once again!  –Marc Pruett (Balsam Range)

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