I must admit, as a native Nashvillian, I often pass over the typical tourist attractions in town. You will almost never see me hanging out on Broadway on Saturday night. This is mostly because my party girl days are pretty much over, but also, because I am sometimes guilty of having a blasé “been-there-done-that” attitude toward some of the spots that people from all over the world travel here to see.
A couple of months ago, I had the fabulous opportunity to rediscover one of those places, the Bluebird Cafe. A friend, and frequent cowriter, Kate Klim, was playing a show at the Bluebird that Jonathann and I were just not going to miss. One of the great things about the Bluebird is that a lot of the shows have no cover. You can reserve your seat online, and there is a $7.00 food and drink minimum, which you know you were going to spend on sweet potato fries anyway. (Those things are so good!). The rest of the menu is filled with pretty solid bar food.
But, really, when you go to the Bluebird, you are there for the music, and you are always guaranteed a great show. You may not always know the names on the bill any given night because the singer/songwriters playing are often the people behind the hits. Just do a quick google search, and you are likely to find that the Bluebird stage is always filled with the people who wrote your favorite songs. It is so fun to see the songwriters perform the songs you know and love. They often have great “behind the song” stories to tell about their inspiration and about working in the Nashville music industry.
The best part about the Bluebird is that it is so intimate. The venue is unassumingly located in Green Hills away from the bustle of the honky tonks downtown and only seats 120 people. Even though you are packed in pretty tight, it is never uncomfortable because the other patrons have such reverence for the music and respect for the people who are there to enjoy it with them. You sit so close to the artists, that you sometimes feel like you are the only person in the room with them.
After Kate’s show, Jonathann and I realized that the Bluebird really is one of the best music venues in town, especially if you’re interested in a chill show. You will probably spot us there often, hanging out with all the tourists.