Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frye and Friends at W.C. Handy Festival

In the summer of 2014, Frye and his friend, Rheta Grimsley Johnson, one of America’s great syndicated columnists, appeared at the W.C. Handy Festival in Florence, AL, joined onstage by Nashville songwriters Davis Raines and Pamela Jackson for a combination of reading and song. The standing-room-only event was part of an annual tribute to Handy, a Florence native and “Father of the Blues.” Frye, Rheta, Davis and Pamela followed their festival appearance with performances at the Huntsville Public Library’s Summer Concert series, and the Mobile Public Library. They were joined in Mobile by Alabama songwriter Kathryn Scheldt, and future events will include such Nashville artists asJon Byrd and Anne E. DeChant.