The Bluebird Cafe - 35 Years
In 1982, Amy Kurland opened The Bluebird Cafe as a 100-seat restaurant in a small strip mall, five miles from downtown Nashville. While her focus was to serve lunch and dinner, Kurland added a small stage and involved friends with music venue experience to help book bands after the dinner crowd. In 1985, Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch, Don Schlitz, and Paul Overstreet performed in the center of the room and took turns playing their songs and accompanying each others' songs. Songwriters in the Round was born.
Since the early days at The Bluebird Cafe, some of the best songwriters and performers have played there and some even got their start there. Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks, Radney Foster, Kix Brooks, Janis Ian, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Kris Kristofferson, Taylor Swift, and so many others have played The Bluebird.
The Bluebird Cafe was the setting for the move "The Thing Called Love" and is a recurring character on the "Nashville" TV series.
Visit bluebirdcafe.com for show schedule, reservations, and more information.