Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Quilt and the Poetry of Alabama Music



By Frye Gaillard and Kathryn Scheldt
New Edition, 2015 from NewSouth Books

With a combination of song lyrics and reflective essays, Frye Gaillard and Kathryn Scheldt pay tribute to the literary legacy of Alabama songwriters. Included here are reflections on the works of Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris, W.C. Handy, Arthur Alexander and many others. “People know how hard life is,” says Emmylou. “They need music that will give words and expression to the feelings they have.” In addition to celebrating the contributions of other writers, Gaillard and Scheldt have assembled lyrics to some of their own songs, thus contributing to the legacy they admire. “What a cool project!” declares Nashville songwriter Marshall Chapman, author of They Came to Nashville.