The Bluebird grew in world-wide popularity when it started to appear on the Nashville tv show.
But the club has a storied past.
First of all, the live music venue is a 90-seat music club in Nashville, Tennessee that opened in 1982.
The club is famous for intimate, acoustic music performed by the songwriters. Some performers are established singer/songwriters, some are up and comers.
While Dierks Bentley and Garth Brooks are among the illustrious stars that have also played the small room, it is also well known from being the place that Taylor Swift was discovered by Scott Borchetta at the ripe old age of 15.
On July 1, 1984, the first Writer’s Night (an evening in which up and coming songwriters have the opportunity to play some of their original material with a special guest who has had some songwriting success) was held and Don Schlitz was the first special guest.
Schlitz had already won a Grammy for writing the Kenny Rogers song The Gambler. Not surprisingly, in 1985 Sunday Writer’s Nights were officially added to The Bluebird’s weekly schedule.
On March 29, 1985 the club held it’s first “In The Round” show which included Thom Schuyler (“16th Avenue” and “Old Yellow Car”), J. Fred Knobloch (“Used to Blue” and “Meanwhile”), Don Schlitz (“Forever and Ever, Amen”), and Paul Overstreet (“Forever and Ever, Amen”).
For the “In The Round” format, writers sit in the center of The Bluebird playing, taking turns, and telling stories.
Writers have to audition to play the small stage, which is used when shows are not “In The Round.”
On June 6, 1987, Garth Brooks auditioned, and was booked for a Writer’s Night. Shortly thereafter, he was booked for a showcase.
It was during this showcase, that Lynn Shults from Capitol Records saw Brooks. Brooks was signed to Capitol the next day.
Brooks started going to The Bluebird’s Writer’s Nights looking for songs to record. Bluebird regulars Kent Blazy (“Ain’t Going Down Till the Sun Comes Up” and “If Tomorrow Never Comes”), Tony Arata (“The Dance”) and Pat Alger (“Unanswered Prayers”) gave the superstar some of his biggest hits.