Thursday, August 16, 2012

Will Campbell Tribute

In its Summer 2012 edition, the national journal, Perspectives in Religious Studies, devoted the whole issue to the work and life of Will Campbell, a theologian, preacher and author whose unique understanding of Christianity has made him one of the most important religious figures of the past hundred years. Frye Gaillard, a longtime friend of Campbell’s, had the honor of contributing two items to this latest Campbell tribute. The first was a profile reprinted from Gaillard’s book, With Music and Justice for All, and paired in the journal with the lyrics to “The Gospel According to Will,” a song co-written by Gaillard and Nashville recording artist Kathryn Scheldt. In May 2012, Scheldt sang the song during a tribute dinner to Campbell, held at Belmont University in Nashville. “It was a thrill to hear the lyrics and Kathryn’s beautiful melody in that setting,” Gaillard said, “a real highlight for both Kathryn and me.”

Monday, May 7, 2012

Unite Against the War on Women

Nashville recording artist Kathryn Scheldt performed songs co-written with Frye Gaillard at an April 28 rally in Montgomery, AL, sponsored by Unite Against the War on Women. The Alabama rally was one of nearly fifty held in cities across the nation, as women protested state and national assaults – mostly in the form of legislation by Republicans – aimed at limiting women’s health care options and undermining the notion of equal pay for equal work. “I’m honored that songs I’ve had a hand in writing were sung on this occasion,” said Gaillard. “Kathryn is a great singer and songwriter who understands the journey that women have made in her lifetime and does not want to see that progress reversed. As the father of two daughters, the issue is personal for me also.”

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Documentary

Mike Letcher, award-winning producer/director at the Alabama Center for Public Television, has produced a documentary film adaptation of Frye Gaillard’s book, In the Path of the Storms: Bayou La Batre, Coden, and the Alabama Coast. The documentary, co-produced by Sheila Hagler and Peggy Denniston, with cinematography by Preston Sullivan, was completed in 2011 has been shown thus far at colleges and schools in Alabama, including Auburn University, Spring Hill College, the University of South Alabama, and Alma Bryant High School in Bayou La Batre. Stay tuned for the announcement of an air date for Alabama Public Television.