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NSAI Assumes Ownership of Bluebird Cafe

Posted in News on November 30, 2007

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) will ring in 2008 by assuming ownership and full operating responsibility of legendary songwriter venue the Bluebird Café. Amy Kurland founded the Bluebird in 1982, and what began as a gourmet restaurant featuring acoustic live music developed into a virtual academy for aspiring singer/songwriters and beloved showcase hall for established masters. NSAI will retain Kurland’s cherished staff and time-tested method of operation, ensuring the continued existence of the internationally renowned songwriters’ safe haven.

photo Pictured (l to r): Bluebird Café’s Amy Kurland, NSAI Board President Steve Bogard and NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison announce NSAI’s Bluebird ownership.

To celebrate the new arrangement, venerable songwriters Stephen Bruton, Chris Gantry, Billy Swan, Donnie Fritts and Kris Kristofferson treated a small, immeasurably lucky crowd to a song swap of giants.

photo Pictured (l to r): Chris Gantry, Stephen Bruton, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Swan and Donnie Fritts perform together for the first time in nearly two decades at The Bluebird Café.