Andy May - Room for Roots

The Woman in the Wings

©Andy May, Lauren LeCroy May, James Heffernan (Swift River Music)

Andy:  Many folks ask me if this song is about my mom. As I started to write it, I surely was inspired by her example. Then, Lauren LeCroy May added her wise touch to the lyric, and Jim Heffernan brought some good insight, as well. When the song was complete, I felt like we had created something that not only honored my mom but also made a statement about all people who encourage good things in the lives of those around them. Their encouragement lives on long after it is given.    (… more, credits, lyrics)

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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. (…credits, lyrics)

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Stone Soup – A Folktale Retold

©Words: Lauren LeCroy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

In support of the song Stone Soup from Hard Times on the CD Room for Roots, I retold the “Stone Soup” story my way for those who didn’t already know the tale. Andy included his reading of my version of the tale as a bonus track on the CD. – LM  (… more, credits, lyrics)

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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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