This summer – Nashville is taking over Fraze. The Country Throwdown Tour and Festival is making its way across the U.S. this summer and will feature some of country’s top acts, as well as up-and-coming artists. Before you rock out to headliners Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins and Josh Thompson, you will want to check out the performers at the Side Stage and under the Bluebird Café Tent.
The Bluebird Café Tent is named after a music club of the same name (Bluebird Café) in Nashville, Tennessee that opened in 1982. The club is famous for intimate, acoustic music performed by its composers. Some performers are established singer/songwriters, and others write hit songs performed by other artists. They’re known at the Bluebird as the “heroes behind the hits.”
On any given night, artists such as LeAnn Rimes, John Prine, Jojo Herman, (Widespread Panic) and Phil Vassar mingle with writers such as American Idol Song Contest winner Regie Hamm, (“The Time of My Life”/David Cook),) Billy Kirsch (“Holes in the Floor of Heaven”/Steve Wariner), Hilary Lindsey (“Jesus Take the Wheel”/Carrie Underwood), and Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear (“Before He Cheats”/Carrie Underwood). Garth Brooks played Open Mic and Sunday Songwriter’s Shows before he was discovered at The Bluebird and was signed to Capitol Records. For years, The Bluebird Café has created opportunities for up-and-coming singer/songwriters, as well as opportunities for established songwriters to play their hits for an audience. It’s a stage that epitomizes why Nashville is known as Music City.
The Bluebird Café Tent will bring the essence of The Bluebird Café of Nashville to Fraze. At 4:45 PM, Channing Wilson will be the first artist performing under The Bluebird Café Tent. Channing Wilson comes from two blue-collar working parents, and music was never prominent at home. It wasn’t until Wilson found a collection of short poems written by his mother before he was born that Wilson decided to explore his creative side and get serious about a career in music. Wilson’s songwriting speaks to real hardships in songs like “Poor Man’s Cocaine,” referring to the methamphetamine epidemic that is sweeping rural America. Wilson’s other songs like “Crazy Over You,” embody the good things in life like falling in love. “Sad Country Song,” is a love letter to the sad country song that still provides solace to an aching heart. You won’t want to miss the talented lyrics and vocals of this singer/songwriter.
Next on the Bluebird Café stage is a songwriter who got her very first album deal at the young age of 14 with Columbia Records. Her name is Rose Falcon, and her songs have been in many tv shows, movies, and commercials, such as Inspector Gadget 2, The Master of Disguise, Confessions Of a Teenage Drama Queen, Build a Bear Workshop commercial, Estee Lauder ad Campaign, JC Penny’s Commercial, Verizon Wireless Commercial, and the Raising Helen movie trailer. Recently, Falcon’s song “Give In To Me,” was recorded by Faith Hill for the film Country Strong featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. Though she got her start in the world of pop music, Falcon parted ways with Columbia Records and decided to write music her way. “I realized what I wanted to do was take the energy of the pop/rock music I was previously making and mix it together with the “rootsy” elements of the music I love and make my own style of country music,” Falcon says in a letter to fans on her website. Falcon is now signed to a Nashville based company called Cal IV Entertainment. “I try to be brutally honest so that real people can relate to my songs. It has been said that I have no filter. I think it works for me,” says Falcon. She is a songwriter who doesn’t hold anything back.
The final artist to appear at The Bluebird Café Tent during the Country Throw-Down Festival on June 2nd is Carly Pearce. Critics praise her tone and delivery, dubbing her a “voice for millions.” Born in Kentucky to a family with bluegrass roots, Pearce got her start at the age of 11 singing in a bluegrass band at churches and festivals. She’s been on stage more in her 21 years than most artists twice her age. Pearce currently resides in Nashville where she writes songs as an independent artist. You won’t want to miss Carly Pearce who is “something from country music’s past with a future as bright as Opry lights.”
Carly Pearce, Rose Falcon and Channing Wilson are artists to watch. These developing singer/songwriters are sure to make their mark on country music history. Don’t miss them as they give tribute to Nashville under the Bluebird Café Tent at the Country Throw-Down Festival this summer at Fraze.