Andy May - Room for Roots

Helen’s Eyes

©Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

Andy: On my desk sits a favorite photograph taken and sent to me by a favorite person.

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Andy May - Room for Roots

The Storms are on the Ocean

©A.P. Carter (Peer Music)

Andy: I have played this song since I was in my mid-teens. Variants of these verses show up in many other old songs as well, and I incorporated one or two in my own version of “Storms.” This song is usually done as a waltz, but I like the way it flows in 4/4, and I arranged it that way many years ago. – Duet with Maura O’Connell.

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Andy May - Room for Roots

Ruby Lee

©Andy May, Lauren LeCroy May, Ronnie Young, Wes Cooper (Swift River Music/BMI)

Andy: Writing material for and with artists that I have produced has given me many songs that I enjoy singing myself. This is one.  (… credits, lyrics)

Lauren: I love writing about relationships with a twist. Our client, Ronnie Young, came to us with this song started, and I had a blast fleshing out the lyrics while Andy did the same with the music. It’s based on a person Ron once knew (with a great deal of embellishment), but we’ve all known a Ruby Lee at one time or another….

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Haggard and the Queen

©Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

Andy: This song is a short chapter in my book of true road stories, dedicated to my late friend and band-mate, Tabby Crabb. Tabby and I opened for Merle Haggard and The Strangers – with Leona Williams and Bonnie Owens – in 1978. About that time, we also played a private event held for Kitty Wells, “The Queen of Country Music” and her husband, Johnnie Wright. I am glad to have been a little part of all of that!  (… more, credits, lyrics)

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You’ve Been a Friend to Me

©A.P. Carter (Peer Music)

AndyI have known this song, recorded by the original Carter Family, since I was a kid. It has taken on deeper meaning as I get older. – Duet with Joanie Keller Johnson.

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