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The Bluebird Cafe

4104 Hillsboro Road

About Us:

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.


Jon C

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Just amazing. The musicians we're engaging in a way that i haven't come across in any venue in any genre anywhere else. The waitresses and bar staff were on point and the selection very good. We actually had to queue to get in and of recommend it as you meet some really interesting folks.

John Yam

Saturday, June 23, 2018
We planned to get tickets for this but they are elusive. We arrived around 7:30pm to line for the late 9:30 show. It was worth the 2 hour wait. We chatted up with others in line. We got really lucky and was seated right next to the performers. The bluebird has had so many song writers come through over the years. This is a very intimate setting. The performers are seated in the middle of the room and small tables form around them and it fans out. There was a $15 cover charge, but well worth it. The food menu was also decent with a wide selection of appetizers, food and salad options. If you're coming from out of town this is a must visit.

Ryan Thomas

Saturday, June 23, 2018
After a random lottery of being kicked off the site several times to purchase a ticket and having been assured my place in line its just not worth the effort. Its just a place that demands people be quiet to listen to the musicians. U will hear 3 songs from each artist as they get 12 minutes each. Food was served cold, not worth the value for food. I will stick to other places unless someone I know is performing. The bartender was great at keeping drinks filled.

Dave Jones

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
We were fortunate enough to get tickets for open mic Mondays. 26 song writers entertained us for 2 hours. What a great evening on our last night in Nashville.

Linda Matyas

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Awesome singer/songwriter talent at this intimate in-the-round venue. Very good food, too. Difficult to get a reserved seat due to demand at this deservedly popular small venue. If you hope to snag one of the 10-12 non-reserved seats, you would want to be in line 2 1/2 to 3 hours before showtime, which is how we got in without an advance ticket. We will do it again.

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