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October 2010 
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Upcoming Shows
 We've added a calendar to Andy's website. Now you can check for upcoming shows and workshops at your convenience!  
  • 10/2 (Saturday) 6-8 pm. Courtney's, Andy's invited a bunch of his compadres to join him for a big musical celebration. Mount Juliet, TN Map
  • 10/9 (Saturday) 6-8 pm. Courtney's, Mount Juliet, TN Map
  • 10/23 (Saturday) 6-8 pm. Courtney's, Andy May & Co., with a special "Jamming Spotlight" featuring participants from that day's "Join the Jam" workshop. Mount Juliet, TN Map
Upcoming Workshops with Andy May-
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Andy leads a jamming workshop at Augusta Hertiage Center
Andy May Leads Jamming workshop at Augusta Hertiage Center
Join the Jam* Workshop
(*Not Strictly Bluegrass)
Saturday, October 23, 1pm-4:30 pm
 Courtney's, Mount Juliet, TN
Bluegrass is famous for it's jams, but the basics of jamming are the same across many musical styles. This workshop is for folks who play any type of acoustic music on any (portable!) instrument and want to try their hand at jamming or to improve their jamming skills. Andy will cover a variety of topics, including jamming comon sense & etiquette, nervousness, judging the jam, practice techniques, and face-saving performance tips. There will be plenty of opportunities for group playing & singing. Bring your instruments, your voice, your questions, and your smile! (Max 30 participants.)
This workshop is for intermediate-level players (not rank beginners). However, if you're a beginner, don't despair! Future workshops at the beginning level are planned. 
Andy has tought jamming and instrument workshops at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Walnut Valley Festival ("Winfield"), MerleFestAugusta Heritage Center, and in schools in eight states as Artist-in-Residence. He's been jamming for nearly 50 years.
Cost:  $35 per student. Please register by October 16. There will be a maximum of 30 students in the class. Late registrations & walk-ins as space permits: $40. Register Here!
Following the workshop, participants are welcome to stay catch Andy's show from 6-8 pm. He's set part of the show aside for a "Jamming Spotlight," when they will have the opportunity to jam with him on-stage.
Questions? Call Andy or Lauren May at 615-316-9479 and leave a message, or email us at
Andy's Music on Two Compilations to Support Charitable Organizations
Andy's songs have been included in two samplers intended to raise money for non-profit organizations:
MerleFest Live! FestivaLink 2010 banner
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The first  is to benefit the IBMA's Bluegrass Trust Fund, which supports professional members of the bluegrass music community in times of need. The second is to support eFolk Music in its mission to preserve and promote folk music, including contemporary folk music, in all its many forms.   

If you have a few minutes to indulge your musical thirst, you'll enjoy checking out both these sites. They're both chock full of great music. FestivaLink, as the name implies, has all live recordings from festivals around the country. eFolkMusic makes it easy to find artists you like who you've never heard of before and festivals in your neighborhood. Enjoy!
Andy is Now Endosing Two Fine Products:
IntelliTouch PT10 "Mini"IntelliTouch Tuners
"The Intellitouch PT1 changed tuners forever in 1997 when it introduced a new concept of tuner. The Intellitouch Tuner opened up new possibilities for musicians as the world's first tuner that clipped onto an instrument and sensed its vibrations, instead of using a microphone or required a cable to plug in."
"J. Bovier logoJBovier brand acoustic string instruments now bring high quality, affordable mandolins to the casual picker and accomplished musician alike. They are made with hand picked, high grade materials and are built to exact and rigid specifications."
Walnut Valley Festival LogoRecent Events Recap
Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS), 2010

Andy had great Walnut Valley Festival this year! He performed four shows, presented two Acoustic Kids workshops, led the all-day Jamming 101 workshop, and performed as part of this year's Mandolin Workshop. 

IBMA logoIBMA Conference: Panelist for the session"Grant Support for Bluegrass Education"
Andy was panelist/discussion leader for the session: "Grant Support for Bluegrass Education" at the International Bluegrass Music Association's "World of Bluegrass" business conference. Also on the panel were Robert Cogswell (Moderator), Tennessee Arts Commission and Justine Gregory, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum 
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