“With Music and Justice for All” Set Nov. 17 at Selma’s ArtsRevive
The free event begins at 7 p.m. and will feature Gaillard with stories from his many works and DeChant with an acoustic rendition of her songs, said Martha Lockett, ArtsRevive Executive Director.
“We are excited to offer this unique experience in the Selma area, thanks to a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation,” Lockett said. “Gaillard has been a popular speaker here in the past, and we can appreciate his extensive research and writings about southern culture and politics. This time, he teams up with a talented musician, and we can’t wait to hear them!”
Gaillard’s writing varies from the Civil War to Civil Rights, southern politicians such as former President Jimmy Carter and musicians such as Elvis Presley. His books include Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America, Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music, and As Long as the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East. He is writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and a former newspaper editor.
DeChant is a five-time singer/songwriter of the year award winner, and her new album, “The Sun Coming In,” made the top 10 on the Roots Music Alternative-Folk Chart. Her song, “Sunday Morning Drive,” reached number one on that chart.
Gaillard and DeChant have appeared together at such venues as The Southern Festival of Books, Belmont University in Nashville, Pickin’ Parlor in Franklin, Tenn.; the University of South Alabama in Mobile, the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum and Auburn University.
While the show is free, donations are accepted. ArtsRevive is located at the Carneal Cultural Arts Center, 3 Water Ave., Selma.