The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad)


Banjo. Guitar. Fiddle. Bass.
4 instruments. 4 musicians.
1 heckuva good time!

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This album grew out of twenty-plus years of playing music together and discovering songs and arrangements we both love. On this project, Curtis plays “Betsy,” his iconic ca. 1939 Gibson RB75 banjo, and I back him up on the 1949 Martin D-28 guitar that I learned to play this style of music on as a kid. I had sold that guitar in 1984 – out of necessity. When it unexpectedly found its way back to me several years ago, it instantly became my go-to guitar for backing up Curtis and Betsy. We recorded these tracks in August, 2017, two months before Curtis’ 90th birthday.

— Andy May


Curtis Mc Peake – 5-string banjo, harmony vocals – baritone
Andy May – Guitar, lead vocals
Aubrey Haynie – Fiddle
Tim Dishman – Bass, harmony vocals – tenor

Produced by Andy May, Swift River Music
Recorded at Mainframe Recording Studio, Nashville, TN
Engineered by Nathan Smith

Cover photo by Chuck Thompson Taken at a McPeake & May show in the iconic Rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville, TN.

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1. *The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad)"(Josh Graves and Jake Lambert)

2. *My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains (Trad.)</span>

3. Salley Gardens (Lyrics: William Butler Yeats/Music: Trad.)

4. Reuben’s Train (Trad.)

5. *Home in the Rock (Trad.)

6. Sweet Sunny South (WL Bloomfield)

7. Grampa’s Mule (Lauren LeCroy May, Andy May)

8. Steel Drivin' Man (Trad.)

9. *The Unclouded Day (Rev. J.K. Alwood)

10. Leather Britches (Trad.)

*Vocal trio: Andy – lead, Curtis – baritone, and Tim – tenor