Watermelon Wine: The Poetry of Americana Music

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Frye and Anne E. Watermelon Wine

Frye Gaillard & Anne E DeChant, Watermelon Wine

Award-winning Nashville songwriter Anne E. DeChant teams with Alabama author Frye Gaillard for a unique program of reading and song.

In his award-winning book,Watermelon Wine,Gaillard maintains that great songwriters, like DeChant, explore the depths of the human heart with all the subtlety and feeling of our finest novelists and poets. Gaillard will present brief readings from his works, setting the literary context for Anne E.’s all-acoustic rendition of her songs. DeChant and Gaillard have appeared together at such diverse venues as Belmont University, Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor in Franklin, TN, the University of South Alabama, Satori Coffee House in Mobile, AL, the Barking Spider in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library.Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, is the 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. He has also co-written songs with Nashville singer-songwriters Davis Raines, Pamela Jackson, Kathryn Scheldt, Peter Cooper, and Anne E.DeChant.

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, and the Indigo Girls, and has played venues ranging from the 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 is currently at work on a new album. “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.”

DeChant and Gaillard have appeared together at such diverse venues as Belmont University, Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor in Franklin, TN, the University of South Alabama, The Southern Festival of Books (Nashville TN), New Covenant United Church of Christ (Charlotte NC), New South Book Store (Montgomery AL), The Alabama Contemporary Arts Center (Mobile AL), Lakewood, Hoover, Ephesus and Woodbury Libraries. In 2016 they will share this program with The Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum in Georgiana AL.
“Storytelling at it’s best! Reflective and inspiring, gentle yet commanding. Anne E. DeChant’s music and lyrics take you on a journey deep into the heart of America, to places you know, places you dreamed of and places you maybe dare to go. With his soft southern drawl, Frye Gaillard’s readings sweep you along to a time and place that you can almost touch. “Watermelon Wine: The Poetry of Americana Music” combines their power of word and song into ride you don’t want to miss!”

Warm regards, Jill (Avon Lake Library, OH)

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