Award-winning Southern author Frye Gaillard and award-winning Nashville recording artist Anne E. DeChant team up for an evening of stories and song entitled “With Music and Justice for All.” In his writings on the subject of music, 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. In these unique programs, Gaillard presents brief readings from his works, setting the context for an acoustic performance of original songs by DeChant.
This night's performance will feature the writings of attendees of "We've Got Something to Say About It" Writers' Workshop taking place July 5&6 (To read more about the workshop, see above on this tour schedule).
Gaillard and DeChant have performed this program together – and with other recording artists – at such diverse venues as the Southern Festival of Books, Belmont University, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Auburn University, Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham, the Evening Muse in Charlotte, the W.C. Handy Music Festival, numerous public libraries, and the Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum.
Frye Gaillard's latest book "A Hard Rain" is an NPR Best Books of 2018 selection; a sweeping analysis of a "decade of hope and tragedy and blood," detailing personal reflections on events that shaped the author in the '60s. Tour highlights include the Carter Presidential Library, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Newseum in Washington DC, the 92nd Street Y in New York, Brown University, the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, Duke, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, the Southern Festival of Books, the Virginia Book Festival and others.