Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Americana Gazette

In the most recent issues of the Americana Gazette, Frye Gaillard has profiled two of his favorite singer-songwriters. In the paper’s December-January issue, Gaillard wrote about Jimbo Mathus, an old friend who was lead singer for the jazz-rock group, Squirrel Nut Zippers, back when they were singing at the White House and releasing records that quickly went platinum. Mathus is now back in his native Mississippi, writing songs and singing country-blues with a serious helping of roots rock ‘n’ roll. “Jimbo is one of the most dynamic live performers this side of Bruce Springsteen,” said Gaillard. “It’s been really fun to reconnect with him.” In the February-March issue of the Gazette, Gaillard profiles Grammy-winning country star Kathy Mattea, whose last two albums, “Coal” and “Carry Me Home,” are two of the best and most substantial she’s ever made. “I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed interviewing anybody more than I enjoyed talking to Kathy Mattea,” said Gaillard. “She’s reflective, honest, and simultaneously high-minded and self-deprecating when it comes to her career. These last albums, filled with Appalachian folks songs, are two of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard. Kathy is a native of West Virginia, and her music overflows a deep sense of place. Really wonderful stuff.”   

Literary Mobile

Frye Gaillard is honored to have an entry in the new edition of Literary Mobile, an anthology published by Negative Capability Press and released in January 2013. Editors of the anthology include long-time friends John Hafner and Sue Walker, and Gaillard’s former student at the University of South Alabama, Rachael Alex Fowler.  “It’s been fun working with Rachael on this,” said Gaillard. “She’s one of the most promising students I’ve ever taught, and was the driving force behind this tenth anniversary edition of the anthology.” Gaillard’s entry – a non-fiction essay – is entitled “Coming Home: In Memory of Robert Croshon.” Also included in the book are essays and excerpts from such colleagues and literary favorites as Roy Hoffman, Carolyn Haines, Tom Franklin, Patricia Foster, Albert Murray, Eugene Walter, and Winston Groom.