Saturday, December 19, 2015

DeChant Hits #1

On the Charts!! Anne E. DeChant Hits #1

Anne E. DeChant’s new album, "The Sun Coming In," with a title cut co-written by Frye Gaillard, has made the top 10 on the Roots Music Alternative-Folk Chart. Even more exciting, the CD’s first single, "Sunday Morning Drive," co-written by Anne E. and her friend, David G. Smith, has reached #1 on the same Folk Chart. “This is well-deserved affirmation for great artist and friend,” said Gaillard. “I’m really excited for Anne E.” In addition to the radio airplay, “The Sun Coming In” has gotten superb reviews nationwide. In the words of No Depression magazine: “Anne E. DeChant is ... a passionate prophetess who has come in from the wild, rough edges intact and ready to rock… She is what the future of Americana music needs to be.” For Frye Gaillard, the new CD, which contains three songs he co-wrote with DeChant, marks his second appearance on a national radio chart. In 2011, Kathryn Scheldt’s hit single, “Almost Cheatin’,” co-written with Frye, reached #8 on the New Music Weekly Country Chart.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Listen: Go Get Joe from Anne E. DeChant's new album The Sun Coming In 

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"Anne E. DeChant started writing “Go Get Joe” when she saw a news story about a man who was being released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. She found herself caught in one of those “what-if” moments that have long been the writer’s stock and trade: “What if I were sent to prison? What would I miss?” She was seated at the time on her living room couch next to Guffman, her beloved dachshund, and she knew immediately one answer to her question. When she asked me to work on the song with her, we decided not to muddy the water with questions of guilt or innocence, but simply to pay tribute to man’s best friend – and, as Anne E. does so often in her songs, to the humanity of people on the margins. I’ve seen people cry when she sings the song in concert, and now it’s one of the cuts from her new CD, “The Sun Coming In,” that is beginning to be played on the radio. " -- Frye Gaillard 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Listen: Frye's Selected Reading from Journey to the Wilderness with Davis Raines’ Civil War Ballad “Black and Bloody War”

"Journey to the Wilderness is kind of my anti-war Civil War book, if for no other reason than the scale of suffering and loss it chronicles -- and because of the institution that many of our ancestors, mine certainly, were fighting to defend. Whether its the Civil War or Iraq, war for a bad reason produces death for no reason, no matter how brave or heroic the soldiers. Thanks to my friend Davis Raines for helping make that point with his powerful ballad."  --Frye Gaillard

Friday, May 22, 2015

Frye at the Country Music Hall of Fame

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, Frye Gaillard will read from his book, Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music, at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Gaillard will be part of a celebration of the life and legacy of the late Vince Matthews, a songwriter whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot, Crystal Gayle, Gene Watson, Charlie Pride, Waylon Jennings and others, and who once cut an album produced by Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Jack Clement, and Shel Silverstein. For an odd set of reasons, the album was never released … until now. “Vince was a great and colorful human being, as well as a great songwriter,” said Gaillard, “and I had the honor of writing about him in Watermelon Wine, and again in the liner notes for the CD, ‘Kingston Springs Suite,’ which also features Vince’s co-writer, Jim Casey. The resurrection of this historic record was engineered by Nashville producer-musicologist, Mark Linn, and if there was ever a labor of love this was it. At the Hall of Fame I’ll get to share the stage with Mark, as well as Jim Casey and his fellow songwriting greats, Danny Flowers and Chris Gantry. What a thrill.”

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