Famed Bluebird Cafe Sold To Songwriters Association
November 9, 2007 at 6:46 AM (PT)
The TENNESSEAN is reporting this morning (11/09), that NASHVILLE's famed songwriter showcase club, the BLUEBIRD CAFE was sold to the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION (NSAI). Current owner AMY KURLAND has owned the club since she opened it in 1982. The NSAI, a non-profit organization consists of about 5,000 members and is promising not to change the current business model. The sale, which will take place on JAN 1, 2008 was announced this week at a show at the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME by KRIS KRISTOFFERSON.
"They didn't have a place like this when I was here writing songs," KRISTOFFERSON said. "When I came, songwriters were at the bottom of the food chain. We were bugs. This BLUEBIRD CAFE is a place where songwriters can show their stuff. When I was here, you had to go to somebody's house."
The BLUEBIRD has served as a testing ground for countless artists and songwriters through the years, including GARTH BROOKS who was discovered there by CAPITOL RECORDS execs in 1988. To read the entire story click here.