With Music and Justice for All, Dec. 4, 2015

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7:00pm, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Mobile, University of South Alabama Writer in Residence Frye Gaillard will team up with award-winning Nashville recording artist Anne E. DeChant for an evening of stories and song entitled “With Music and Justice for All.” Gaillard maintains that great songwriters like DeChant explore the depths of the human condition with all the subtlety and feeling of our finest novelists and poets, raising issues of empathy, compassion and justice. At All Saints, Gaillard will present brief readings from his works, setting the context for an acoustic performance of original songs by DeChant. Gaillard and DeChant have appeared together and with other Nashville singer-songwriters at such diverse venues as Belmont University in Nashville, Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor in Franklin, TN, the Bluebird Café, the University of South Alabama, the Barking Spider in Cleveland, Ohio, the W.C. Handy Music Festival, and the Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum.


The artists:

Anne E. DeChant is a Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year.  She has shared the stage with such well-known performers as Stevie Nicks, Nora Jones, Joan Armatrading, The Pointer Sisters, and the Indigo Girls, and has played venues ranging from Nashville’s Bluebird Café to the Clinton White House. Her song, “Girls and Airplanes,” about women breaking down barriers, has been featured on the soundtrack of two different films, and she recently released her seventh studio album, “The Sun Coming In.” “Her songs, enriched by her political consciousness, nail blue-collar grit the way few writers do,” concludes Nashville Scene magazine. And the Cleveland Plain Dealer adds: “Now there’s a woman with fire in her belly.”


Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, is author of more than 20 books about southern history, music, politics and culture. His award-winning titles include Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award; In the Path of the Storms, adapted as an Emmy-winning documentary film by the Alabama Center for Public Television; and Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music. Gaillard’s latest book is Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters. He has also co-written songs with Nashville singer-songwriters Davis Raines, Pamela Jackson, Kathryn Scheldt, Peter Cooper, and Anne E. DeChant.


Larry Mitchell is a Nashville songwriter whose roots run deep in Alabama. Though his musical journey has taken him many places, including a tour of Australia with Curb recording artists Dallas County Line, there is something in the soul of Alabama that keeps drawing him home. Larry was born and raised in Selma, but currently lives in Nashville where he has spent the last 17 years pursuing his passion for songwriting. He has written with the likes of Jim McBride(Chattahoochee, Chasing That Neon Rainbow, Rose of Paradise), Jimbeau Hinson(Party Crowd, Fancy Free) and Davis Raines(Someone Somewhere Tonight, Poetry) and has had songs recorded by Ace Ford, Davis Raines, Teddy Larkin and others. Larry has released one CD, The Bridge, on TexPatriate Records.


Kathryn Scheldt is an award-winning songwriter from Fairhope, AL, who has recorded extensively in Nashville. Kathryn’s 2011 single, “Almost Cheatin’,” co-written with Frye Gaillard, reached the top ten on the New Music Weekly Country charts and the top five on the Indie chart. Her song, “The Last Shrimp Boat,” co-written with Gaillard and Grammy-nominated producer-songwriter Peter Cooper, anchored the soundtrack on the Emmy-winning documentary, In the Path of the Storms. Kathryn is the author of two guitar songbooks published by Mel Bay Publications and is co-author of The Quilt and the Poetry of Alabama Music. Kathryn’s eight studio albums have garnered airplay on more than 100 radio stations worldwide, including live performances on Thacker Mountain Radio, the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, and Viva NashVegas Radio.