A brand new weekly present, THE BLUEBIRD CAFÉ ARCHIVAL RECORDINGS, will launch on RYMAN HOSPITALITY’s Nation-Americana-Bluegrass WSM-A/NASHVILLE on APRIL 1st at 9a (CT). Over the previous 12 months, as a part of THE BOB KINGSLEY ESTATE’s partnership with THE BLUEBIRD CAFÉ and NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL (NSAI) (NET NEWS 12/16/21), efforts have been made on a multi-year preservation undertaking involving the audio recordings from THE BLUEBIRD CAFE throughout the venue’s 40-year historical past. The one-hour present will air as a lead-in to BOB KINGSLEY’S COUNTDOWN CLASSICS.
The present will originate from NAN & BOB KINGSLEY’s BLUESTEM STUDIOS on the campus of WEATHERFORD COLLEGE in WEATHEFORD, TX. Eligible college students enrolled on the faculty will contribute to the present’s manufacturing. This system’s first season will embrace basic performances from songwriters together with RHETT AKINS, KELLY ARCHER, MARC BEESON, ADAM HAMBRICK and plenty of extra.
BLUEBIRD CAFE’s GM ERIKA WOLLAM NICHOLS stated, “We’re so grateful for NAN’s assist of our efforts to not solely protect THE BLUEBIRD CAFE’s audio archives, however carry them to listeners. These exhibits, archivally recorded over the 40-year historical past of the venue, illustrate a touchstone within the historical past of NASHVILLE music and the superb songwriters who’ve referred to as THE BLUEBIRD residence all through the years. We additionally ship a particular thanks to SHANNON LYNN, who’s tirelessly transferring these applications to digital codecs. We couldn’t do that with out his passionate assist.”
NAN KINGSLEY added, “BOB liked and supported the NASHVILLE songwriting neighborhood. Once we introduced the BOB KINGSLEY ESTATE’s assist of NSAI and THE BLUEBIRD CAFE final 12 months, it was becoming that the majority of the efforts centered on the preservation of THE BLUEBIRD’s huge audio archive. Now, with assist Dr. TOD FARMER and the WEATHERFORD COLLEGE crew, [COUNTRY TOP 40 host] FITZ and [Dir./Content & Programming] JP TINNELL at WSM radio, listeners around the globe will be capable to hear to those basic performances. I couldn’t be extra thrilled to see this come collectively.”