Bluebird Cafe's Songwriters in the Round


For 15 years the Bluebird Cafe has hosted many of Nashville's finest songwriters in a very intimate setting called In The Round. This format puts 3 or 4 compatible songwriters on stage at the same time, seated in a comfortable semi-circle arrangement. The songwriters play their songs, trade off turns, and often join in with each other adding harmonies, guitar licks and percussion parts. In this format the audience hears hit songs as well as great uncut treasures. The format encourages conversation between the writers, which gives the audience an opportunity to hear these creative people talk almost as if in their own living rooms. The writers perform the songs the way they were originally written, and talk about how they got the ideas, how the songs got cut, about the creative process, and what it is like to be a songwriter.

Our songwriters have written #1 charted songs, Grammy Award winning songs and Country Music Association Award winning songs. Many of the songs are most familiar to country music fans, but the presentation is very acoustic, with more of a folk feel. Quite a few of the writers have written songs that have been successful outside of country music, including songs that became hits in the adult contemporary market or on pop radio. Sometimes the best material can be songs they wrote for themselves, or their children; the songs they think will never make it to radio.

Bluebird Cafe's In The Round shows have performed very successfully at other venues such as New York's Bottom Line and The Disney Institute, as well as other college. corporate, and convention events.

Bluebird Cafe's In The Round presentation can accommodate workshops and provide time for a Q&A session after the performance. The writers like to talk about the writing process, almost as much as they enjoy performing.

Bluebird Cafe Songwriters Shows

Fred Knobloch (Somebody's Doing Me Right - Keith Whitley; Back In Your Arms Again- Lori Morgan; Used To Blue - Sawyer Brown; A Little More Love - Kenny Rogers) Thom Schuyler ( Writer of 16th Avenue - Lacey J. Dalton; Old Yellow Car - Dan Seals) Tony Arata (The Dance - Garth Brooks; Here I Am - Patty Loveless) Jon Ims (She's In Love With The Boy - Tricia Yearwood; Falling Out Of Love - Reba McEntire)

Ashley Cleveland (Artist on Reunion Records) , Beth Neilsen Chapman (Artist on Warner Bros. Records; Strong Enough To Bend - Tanya Tucker), Tricia Walker (Ride That Train - Mel McDaniel) & Karen Staley (Keeper of the Stars - Tracy Lawrence)

Gary Nicholson (Brilliant Conversationalist - T. Graham Brown, Fearless - The Neville Brothers) , Marshall Chapman (Betty's Bein' Bad, artist on Margaritaville Records) , Jamie O'Hara (Grandpa's Hands), Don Henry (Where've You Been - Kathy Mattea)

Mark Beeson (When She Cries), Robert Byrne (That Was A Close One - Earl Thomas Conlee; I Didn't Know My Own Strength - Lorrie Morgan ), Richard Leigh (Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue; The Greatest Man I Never Knew) & Mike Reid (I Can't Make You Love Me)

Steve Seskin (Wrong - Waylon Jennings; For A Change - Neil McCoy ) , Jon Vezner (Where've You Been - Kathy Mattea; Has Anybody Seen Amy - John and Audrey Wiggans), Austin Cunningham (A Small Price To Pay - Gibson Miller Band), Allen Shamblin (I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt)

Gary Burr (In A Week or Two - Diamond Rio; What Mattered Most - Ty Herndon, Sure Love - Hal Ketchum), Bob DiPiero (Church on the Cumberland Road - Shenandoah; Take Me As I Am - Faith Hill; Money In The Bank - John Anderson) Russell Smith (Keep it Between the Lines - Ricky Van Shelton; Third Rate Romance - The Amazing Rhythm Aces & Sammy Kershaw) & Jim Photoglo (Hillbilly Hollywood, Fishin' In The Dark - The Dirt Band)

Alex Harvey ( Delta Dawn - Tanya Tucker; Reuben James), John Jarrard (Money In The Bank - John Anderson; They're Playin' Our Song - Neal McCoy; My Kind Of Girl - Collin Raye) Trey Bruce (Faith In You, Faith In Me - Doug Stone ) James Dean Hicks (National Working Woman's Holiday - Sammy Kershaw; Jesus and Mama - Confederate Railroad )

Steve Seskin (Wrong - Waylon Jennings; For A Change - Neil McCoy), Jon Vezner (Where've You Been- Kathy Mattea; Has Anybody Seen Amy - John and Audrey Wiggans), Austin Cunningham (A Small Price To Pay - Gibson Miller Band), Allen Shamblin (I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt)

Bernie Nelson (Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind - Confederate Railroad), Craig Wiseman (Bubba Hyde - Diamond Rio; A Little Bit Of You - LeeRoy Parnell; I'm In Love With Capital "U" - Joe Diffie), Dave Gibson (Queen of Memphis - Confederate Railroad)

Kevin Welch (That's What I Like About You - Trisha Yearwood) , Kieran Kane (I'll Go On Loving You - Alan Jackson), Mike Henderson (If The Juke Box Took Teardrops - Danni Leigh)

Lari White (RCA Recording artist; Lead Me Not), Chuck Cannon (That's My Baby - Lari White), Verlon Thompson & Suzi Ragsdale

Paul Overstreet (When You Say Nothing At All - Keith Whitley & Alison Krauss), Skip Ewing (Someone Else's Star - Bryan White), Kent Blazy (Ain't Going Down Til The Sun Comes Up - Garth Brooks), Jeffrey Steele (She'd Give Anything To Fall In Love - Boy Howdy)

Jim Rushing (American Honky Tonk Bar Association - Garth Brooks), Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley (Real Country songwriters)

Rich Fagan (Sold; The Grundy County Auction Incident - John Michael Montgomery; Be My Baby Tonight - John Michael Montgomery), Kacey Jones (Comedy Artist on Curb Records, 1-900 Bubba), Joe Collins

Gretchen Peters (Independence Day - Martina McBride; You Don't Even Know Who I Am - Patty Loveless), Angela Kaset (Something In Red - Lori Morgan), Jamie Kyle (Wild One - Faith Hill)


Why Write Songs? A discussion of both the creative and the business side of songwriting. When did I write my first song? Who are my influences? What makes a great song? How do I get a song recorded? What is it like to have a song recorded? How do I get paid for writing songs? Let's Write A Song. The artists will ask the audience to bring song ideas and titles to the workshop. The writers will cull through these ideas and discuss which might make good songs. They will spend the rest of the workshop time writing a song based on the best of the audience input. This process will require an understanding from the audience that the finished product is the property of the writers, even if the song idea came from an audience member. The song will be played at that evening's show.

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