There's a little bistro in a small strip mall in Nashville, Tennessee. Twenty years ago owner Amy Kurland flung open its doors, and Music City's greatest unsung singer-songwriters ambled in. It was there that Garth Brooks performed his earliest gigs -- and landed a recording contract with Capitol Records. Since its opening in June 1982, the club has inspired a television series, a feature film, and more webcasts than a person can count. And it has perhaps become the premier legend in a town that's known for legends -- one of the hippest hangouts and best listening rooms in country-music country!
In celebration of the Bluebird's twentieth anniversary, owner Kurland -- with able help from collaborators Mark Benner and Neil Fagan -- has compiled a treasure trove of mementoes and memories from the cafe's first two decades. It is chock-full of candid photographs, history and fascinating trivia, unique memorabilia, and fond personal remembrances from the likes of Pam Tillis, Henry Gross, Rusty Young, Garth himself, and many, many more of the country royalty who, before they could fill great arenas, filled the Bluebird Cafe with song. Here, too, are mouthwatering recipes straight from the Bluebird's incomparable kitchen and from musicians, including Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks -- everything from Shrimp Gumbo to Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake!
There is no other place in the world quite like the Bluebird -- and there is no other book more indispensable to the true country-music lover's collection than The Bluebird Cafe Scrapbook. It's fun, funky, absorbing, intriguing, and always heartfelt -- a one-of-a-kind keepsake that gloriously celebrates a unique Nashville monument and the talent that made it so.
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Amy Kurland founded the Bluebird Cafe in 1982 and still runs it today. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.From Booklist:
Opening with a thumbnail sketch of country-music history and Nashville, this paean to a sort of country-music CBGBs spotlights the eatery-cum-performance-venue that has incubated scores of country creators. The fan-friendly presentation includes lotsa candid photos and boxed sidebars. "Shameless Name Dropping" lists pop-culture stars whom Bluebird staff have "had the pleasure of serving a brew": Johnny Cash, George Jones, Kinky Friedman, and such, though unlikely interlopers Bono, George Stephanopoulos, and Donna Summer have been accommodated, too. The fact that Steppenwolf's John Kay visited the Bluebird is testimony to either country music's universality or the impending apocalypse. The chapter "Anything Men Can Do" limns Tricia Walker, Pam Tillis, and other lady songsters, and a chapter of favorite Bluebird recipes includes some gleaned from the stars. All in all, savory stuff. Mike Tribby
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Book Description HarperEntertainment, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060935219
Book Description HarperEntertainment, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060935219