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Nashville - The Bluebird Cafe

4104 Hillsboro Road

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The Bluebird Cafe is one of the world's preeminent listening rooms and the venue has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter's performance space where the "heroes behind the hits" perform their own songs; songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music.  Located in a small strip mall outside of downtown Nashville, the 90 seat venue is unassuming in appearance but some of the most significant songwriters and artists have performed on this stage. Our reputation as a listening room is based on the acoustic music that is our signature style.  Our patrons repeatedly tell us that they are captivated by hearing songs performed by the creators themselves.

At The Bluebird, performers include up-and-coming songwriters along with those whose music is regularly on the charts, country music as well as pop, rock and Contemporary Christian hits.  Kathy Mattea was the first star to be identified with The Bluebird and is still a friend and a regular guest performer today.  Garth Brooks played on both our Open Mic and Sunday Songwriter's Shows before he was discovered - at The Bluebird - and signed to Capitol Records.

On any given night, artists such as LeAnn Rimes, John Prine, Jojo Herman, (Widespread Panic) and Phil Vassar mingle with writers such as American Idol Song Contest winner Regie Hamm, (The Time of My Life/David Cook),) Billy Kirsch (Holes in the Floor of Heaven/Steve Wariner), Hilary Lindsey (Jesus Take the Wheel/Carrie Underwood) and Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear (Before He Cheats/Carrie Underwood).  A typical nightly performance consists of three or four songwriters seated in the center of the room, taking turns playing their songs and accompanying each other instrumentally and with harmony vocals.  It is an experience that few forget, and one that reflects why Nashville is known as Music City.

In 2008, original owner and founder Amy Kurland sold the legendary venue to the Nashville Songwriters Association International, (NSAI) a 40+ year old, not-for-profit organization devoted to the service of songwriters and the craft of songwriting.  More of a donation than a corporate sale, Kurland saw NSAI's mission to "educate, elevate and celebrate songwriters" as a way to continue the Bluebird's relationship to songwriters and to the community.

On October 10, 2012 The Bluebird Cafe made its primetime debut on the ABC drama Nashville. The Bluebird Cafe is a key factor in the show's plotline which deals with both the music industry in Nashville, the political climate in Nashville and the key players in both these "worlds," which often collide. Nashville the city is also showcased in the beautiful cinematography of the show each week.


David Win

Saturday, March 10, 2018
The ticketing system sucks, which is the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars. For those that are perhaps on a once in a lifetime visit to MusicCity there surely must be a better way to deal with the whole ticketing fiasco. Anyway that's my only gripe over. We queued for over two hours in the rain on a wet Monday night in the hope we might finally experience the Bluebird, and happily we achieved our dream. A quick shout out to the guy on bar duties. Clearly an experienced guy, he was probably the best barman we encountered in our entire two week stay in Nashville. Friendly, efficient and welcoming he's a real asset to the Bluebird team whoever he is. We've waited a very long time to get there, and we might never get back, but we loved it. Thank you. 😊🎶

Betty Stringer

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Iconic. Nostalgic. Memories for life. We went at 2:45 and stood in line for Sunday Spotlight at 6:00 (doors open at 5:00) then ran back outside to stand in line again for the Writers Night at 8:00. Next time I definitely want to go to the "In the Round". Such good memories. And the food. OMG I didn't even come here for the food. But that was a bonus. Probably one of the best dinners I had in Nashville.

Patrick Kessler

Sunday, March 4, 2018
This is the coolest and most authentic experience in Nashville for music. The small setting, lighting, and seating makes this a memorable music experience. Listening to the writers tell the story before singing some well known and some songs that never got cut. The salsa is chunky and spicy but, it is very good. If your looking for a memory in Nashville, you need to try and get in.


Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
We couldn't get tickets online but we waited at the door. We got there about 1.5 hours before the show on a Friday and there was already a line. We still waited and managed to be the last two allowed in. They really pack the crowd in! Drinks were good! The music was fantastic - it's a very small place so you feel close to the artists. Overall a great experience

Linda Matyas

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Awesome singer/songwriter talent at this intimate venue. Very good food, too. Difficult to get a reserved seat due to demand at this deservedly popular small venue. Will do it again.

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