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Carpenter & May CD - Fred Carpenter & Tim May
Carpenter & May CD - Fred Carpenter & Tim May

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Product Code: 2506

Carpenter & May perform a combination of genres, all rooted in the acoustic music tradition. They are fine vocalists, published songwriters, and have contributed their instrumental skills to Grammy nominated projects. Their repertoire features elements of bluegrass, swing, rock, blues, jazz, Celtic, and original material.

Tim May
Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Tim has toured with Patty Loveless, Eddie Rabbitt, John Cowan, and has worked as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. He was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniel's 'I'll Fly Away' (from the album 'Songs From the Long-Leaf Pines'), which was nominated for a Grammy in 2005. Tim is a contributing writer to Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and is a clinician for Breedlove guitars. For fifteen years Tim was a member of Crucial Smith, a powerful bluegrass act that released two CDs before disbanding in 2003. Tim has kept his chops up playing a mix of Irish, Scottish, Old Time and Bluegrass tunes with his band, Plaidgrass. The group released their first CD in January 2008. He is also on the roster of Radiola, and performs in a hot-picking ensemble with Brad Davis and Dan Miller. A great singer as well as a flatpicker, Tim�s vocals can be heard on his first solo album, �Find My Way Back� and on �A Bluegrass Tribute to Neil Young�, a CD that Tim produced for CMH Records. Tim joined with Fred Carpenter in the fall of 2008. Their first self-titled CD, �CARPENTER & MAY�, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2010.

Fred Carpenter
Fred Carpenter started violin lessons at age 7 and turned to fiddling by age 17. He recorded his first fiddle album 'Cut Loose' at age 20. In 1980, Fred moved to California, where he joined The Tony Rice Unit. He toured with Tony Rice for three years and recorded two albums, 'Still Inside' and 'Backwaters�. Fred spent the next three years playing fiddle with The Dillards. In 1987, Fred joined Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, touring with Emmylou for two years. From 1989 to 1992, Fred toured with several artists including Paul Overstreet, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Suzy Bogguss, Ricky Van Shelton, and George Strait. In 1992, he recorded his second album, 'In the Stillness', a collection of original instrumentals. In the year 2000, Fred received an IBMA award and a Grammy nomination for his fiddle work on �Murder on Music Row�, a CD recorded with Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. Established in 1988, Fred�s Nashville business - The Violin Shop, has grown to prominence. (www.theviolinshop.com) In addition to a fine inventory of violins and bows, in 2005 a live music venue was added to The Violin Shop. Since then Fred has hosted and produced an incredible series of live performance DVD�s called �The Fiddle Masters Concert Series�. In 2006-7, Fred toured with Kathy Mattea, until joining guitarist Tim May in 2008 to form �Carpenter & May�. Their first self-titled CD allows Fred to feature his fine lead vocals for the first time.

Song List:
1. We Can Work it Out
2. Cherokee Shuffle
3. Isle of Inishmore aire/Dance With Me
4. If You're Ever in Oklahoma
5. Lady Be Good
6. What A Wonderful World
7. Whiskey Before Breakfast
8. Blue and Lonesome
9. First Day In Town
10. Miss the Mississippi
11. Soldier's Joy/Fisher's Hornpipe
12. Leaving JP

"Fred Carpenter and Tim May play roots music at its best. Their versatile new trio with bassist Charlie Chadwick is a solid equilateral triangle of tone, tast, and timing. Using guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and vocals, they can mow down backyard bluegrass, tug the Celtic heartstrings, or even croon a jazz standard." - Tim O'Brien

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