The Bluebird Cafe is famouse around the world as a venue friendly and supportive of songwriters. In this small venue, songwriters come from all over the world to sing their songs, and some of them get discovered, or have their songs recorded by big name artists.
Yesterday was the first time I'd ever heard of the place. I decided that since we were in Nashville, we should visit some honky tonks, and get in touch with the musical side of myself. A woman who lives is Nashville started to give some suggestions on where to go, and the Bluebird Cafe, she said, was "the real deal".
It was great! Small, crowded, and is known for a listening venue. NO SMOKE! Still, it must have been hell in the old days before the no smoking laws.
We hears songwriters from Canada, Sweden, Amersterdam, Texas, Wyoming, California, to name a few. Each songwriter gets on "the list" and when their number comes up, they have the opportunity to perform a song. Then off they went to be replaced by the next in line. It ran very smoothly and we heard some wonderful songs and voices, and only one of them we weren't impressed by. It is a really neat place to hear music, and meet famous people too, so I hear. No cover charge, and I'd go back in a heartbeat!