Bluebird Café Launches Sundance Songwriter Shows

Nashville’s Bluebird Café will sponsor a series of songwriter performances at Sundance Resort in Park City, Utah, July 16-Aug. 30. More than 20 of country music’s most laureled composers will perform each Wednesday through Friday at the Owl Bar and on each Saturday at the Eccles Outdoor Amphitheater. This is the first year for the event.

“A few years ago,” explains Bluebird owner Amy Kurland, “we did a [songwriters] series at Disney World. The man who was directing the Disney Institute at that time is now at Sundance and is looking to upgrade the arts offerings there.”

In addition to the songwriters, Kurland says she is also lining up various artists to take part in the performances but that she cannot yet announce their names.

This is the program:

July 16-19: Thom Schuyler (“16th Avenue”), Fred Knobloch (“Used to Blue”) and Roxie Dean (“When I Think About Angels”), with Kim Richey (“Believe Me Baby I Lied”) making a special appearance at the July 19 show.

July 23-26: Kent Blazy (“Ain’t Goin’ Down Til the Sun Comes Up”), Pat Alger (“The Thunder Rolls”) and Kim Williams (“The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”).

July 30-Aug. 2: Richard Leigh (“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”), Hugh Prestwood (“The Song Remembers When”) and Darrell Scott (“Long Time Gone”).

Aug. 6-9: Karen Staley (“Let’s Go to Vegas”), Tricia Walker (“What a Wonderful Day”) and Ashley Cleveland (“Big Town”).

Aug. 13-16: Bob DiPiero (“American Made”), Al Anderson (“Cowboy in Me”) and Jeffrey Steele (“She’d Give Anything”).

Aug. 20-23: Don Henry (“Where’ve You Been”), Steve Seskin (“Grown Men Don’t Cry”) and Allen Shamblin (“Life’s a Dance”).

Aug. 27-30: Marcus Hummon (‘Cowboy Take Me Away”), Mike Reid (“I Can’t Make You Love Me”) and Chuck Jones (“Your Love Amazes Me”).

Tickets are $7 for the Owl Bar and $15 for the Amphitheater.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to