Andy May | Room for Roots

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Room for Roots

by Andy May

A great album for those who like to really listen to their music. The stories Andy tells are as varied as his musical styles and textures. Supporting musicians and vocalists include Maura O'Connell, Kenny Malone, Dan Dugmore, "Jellyroll" Johnson....
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Life's a Gig
2:44 $0.99
2. At the Fork in the Road
3:57 $0.99
3. The Woman in the Wings
4:06 $0.99
4. Haggard and the Queen
3:11 $0.99
5. Stone Soup from Hard Times
4:15 $0.99
6. Comeback
3:26 $0.99
7. The Storms Are on the Ocean
3:07 $0.99
8. The Harvest
4:11 $0.99
9. Helen's Eyes
4:05 $0.99
10. Tending the Flame
4:12 $0.99
11. Ruby Lee
4:56 $0.99
12. My Small Town
3:26 $0.99
13. Same Ol' Blues
3:42 $0.99
14. You've Been a Friend to Me
3:32 $0.99
15. Stone Soup Retold (Bonus)
7:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
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Andy May’s music has always had room for roots. He spent his teen years immersed in the vibrant folk music scene of Greenwich Village in the late ’60s. Mentored by working folks from Appalachia who brought their music – their heritage – north with them when they came looking for a better life. Encouraged by an earlier generation of New Yorkers who were also passionate about American roots music. Learning from the singers. The songwriters. The players. Living and breathing the traditional music right along with the cutting-edge new material that flowed through the city. Playing it all and playing it everywhere. Finding no conflict in the variety, only synergy. And inspiration. Always thirsty for more, he took it all in, owned it, and brewed it into his own style – a style that comes out in his original works and in his treatments of traditional tunes. A style that allows him to slide a couple of his arrangements of Carter Family classics in among his own compositions on this project with not a hint of conflict – only synergy. And inspiration. Because there’s room for roots in Andy’s music. There always has been.

About this Project

Containing 12 original songs, two Carter family titles, and a bonus track narration of a retold folk tale, Room for Roots is a project you can immerse yourself in. Featuring some of Nashville’s finest musicians and singers, as well as Andy’s own guitar work and rich vocals, Room for Roots embraces a wide range of styles and moods, providing plenty to catch you ear musically. Showcasing Andy’s songwriting, the stories told are as varied as the musical styles, and the project moves seamlessly from one to another – embracing all with equal warmth and enthusiasm.

" The process of recording Room for Roots was an intense and satisfying experience for me. These songs and the singers and players who joined me in the studio seemed to fit together in a natural and amazing way. I am grateful for the opportunity to have made this new project, and excited to share it with you." -Andy


Andy May – Acoustic & electric lead & back-up guitar, Lead and backup vocals
Dan Dugmore – Pedal Steel Guitar/Lap Steel Guitar (1,2,3,4,6,7,9,10,11,12,13) – Resonator Guitar (14)
Kirk “Jellyroll” Johnson – Harmonica (1,2,3,4,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,14)
Rick Lee – Piano/Strings (13,14)
Kenny Malone – Percussion (1,5,6,7,10,12)
Rodger Morris – Piano/Organ/Keyboard (all)
Curtis McPeake – Banjo (14)
Jim Rooney – Rhythm Guitar (1,7,12)
Jeremy Shearer – Bass (all but 15)
Nathan Smith – Drums (2,3,4,8,9,11,13,14)
Brittany Allyn – Duet (10) – Backup Vocals (1,10)
Joanie Keller Johnson – Duet (14) – Backup Vocals (4,14)
Bruce Mackay – Backup Vocals (13)
Maura O’Connell – Duet (5,7) – Backup Vocals (5,7)
Odessa Settles – Backup Vocals (3,6)
Produced by Andy May
Recorded and mixed at Mainframe Recording Studio, Nashville, TN
Engineer: Nathan Smith
Cover Art: Andy May

Song Notes:
1. "Life's a Gig" I have watched as a remarkable group of folks my age and older (some of whom I am lucky enough to call friends) navigate the challenges of life and the marketplace and live life fully.
2. "At the Fork in the Road" A song about losing and starting over again, and a tribute to a time, a place, and the people who helped me learn to turn things around for the better.
3. "The Woman in the Wings" There are people who encourage good things. The gifts that they give live on.
4. "Haggard and the Queen" A short chapter in my book of true road stories. Dedicated to my friend and band mate, Tabby Crabb.
5. "Stone Soup from Hard Times" I was deeply moved by Lauren's lyric for this piece.
6. "Comeback" Everybody needs a comeback now and then.
7. "The Storms Are on the Ocean" 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.”
8. "The Harvest" Lauren's lyric for this song is really a short story. When I began performing the song, it took on even deeper meaning for me as I became the storyteller.
9. "Helen's Eyes" On my desk sits a favorite photograph taken and sent to me by a favorite person.
10. "Tending the Flame" You can treat real issues in a very direct way in a country song.
11. "Ruby Lee" Writing material for and with artists that I have produced has given me many songs that I enjoy singing myself. This is one.
12. "My Small Town" What a gift it is when you find yourself in a good place among good people. A line in this song inspired the project’s title.
13. "Same Ol’ Blues" “Times have changed but it's the same old blues....”
14. "You've Been a Friend to Me" I 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.
Bonus: "Stone Soup Retold" (narration) I had the opportunity to read Lauren’s version of this great old folk tale on stage on a number of occasions, and I wanted to include it here for those who may not know the story. Rodger Morris improvised on piano as I spoke.



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