University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
February 17, 2010
Contact:  Frye Gaillard, (251) 648-4860 or (251) 973-9012
                 Jennifer Z. Ekman, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard To Host
Americana Concert at Laidlaw Feb. 28

Singer-songwriters Kathryn Scheldt of Fairhope and Peter Cooper of Nashville will perform an Americana concert on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama’s Laidlaw Auditorium.

USA writer-in-residence Frye Gaillard will host the event. Gaillard is the author of Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music and With Music and Justice for All: Some Southerners and Their Passions. Special guests include Fairhope violinist Tom Morley, of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and the Celtic group Mithril, and the Southern Girl Reunion Band, consisting of Catherine Marx and Mike Severs of Nashville and Corky Hughes and Jimmy Roebuck of the Mobile area.

Scheldt has received international acclaim for her latest CD, “Southern Girl.” “Joined on most songs by renowned author Frye Gaillard as co-writer, Scheldt hones in on the staple of country music through the ages, the story song,” wrote Australian critic Keith Glass in the January issue of Country Music Capital News. “Her no nonsense warm and friendly vocals are a convincing tool.”

Cooper, who has appeared and recorded with such artists as Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, and Kim Carnes, rose to the top of the Americana charts with his recent CD “Mission Door.”

“Peter Cooper looks at the world with an artist’s eye and a human heart and soul,” declares song-writing legend Kris Kristofferson.

Band members bring a wide variety of experience to their USA concert. Catherine Marx is pianist is in Reba McEntire’s band, and Severs plays guitar for Don McLean and for the veteran rock group, The Rascals. Hughes is a former guitarist for Black Oak Arkansas and Roebuck is a legendary Gulf Coast drummer who plays everything from country to jazz.

Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for students. They are available through or or


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