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Bluebird

Published October 9, 2020

Bluebird

Film info

  • Title Bluebird
  • Director Brian A. Loschiavo
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 27m
  • Genres Documentary, Music
  • Tagline An accidental landmark that changed music history

Discover the origin stories of megastars like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville's accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history.

Live blog

TimeComment
0:43I bet someone has been keeping a list of the songs for a while. Especially in this day and age of documenting everything.
3:05We’re gonna have to go through this again later and make notes of all the people I’ve never heard of but need to investigate!
5:03Love that someone just decided to make a neon bluebird and from there…
8:49“A place where people could really listen to the songs.”
12:26The safe space for songwriters is a magical thing.
20:30“You’ve seen it in pictures and you think it looks small… it’s smaller.”
20:56First Chip sighting! Yay!
25:03“The room is full of these people, guitars, and nerves.”
28:38I like that he says graduated, like it’s some kind of Academy. Cook to songwriter.
36:04Interesting point that the Bluebird is so special because most other shows are so much bigger.
38:58Pretty impressive to basically break a whole room’s hearts.
46:30Sad songs are hard to get out there but worth it.
49:19I like the Faith Hill origin story.
53:25Ooh, a Florida Georgia Line is hanging out in the Swift audience.
56:14“That rhyming game, you were teaching me how to write songs, weren’t you?” Adorbz.
1:06:22I didn’t realise they’d created a whole new Bluebird set, that’s amazing.
1:07:08“This isn’t a set or location, this is a character.”
1:11:37Everybody sells out at the Bluebird now!

Thoughts

We wanted to watch this the moment we even heard of it but it took an absolute age to be available in the UK on demand. The Bluebird Cafe is a huge focal point of Nashville the place, but we were first introduced to it in Nashville the TV show, where it also has a huge impact.

This is a really good documentary, that tells the story of the cafe from its humble beginnings to being more famous than its capacity can handle, through the journey of new and aspiring songwriters alongside those who have been around for a while. It threw up some really interesting arguments too - people were saying that it’s not about the building, it’s about the songs, but others arguing that you can’t just move the under-threat building to a new location as you’ll be overwriting history. Would a Bluebird Cafe somewhere else in Nashville have the same impact?

Featuring performances from many famous faces and upcoming artists, including a brief appearance from Taylor Swift (who is literally there for about thirty seconds but is somehow featured on the cover), and generally celebrating everything that’s great about all music, not just country - the songwriters, the passion and the love.

Rating: 5 / 5

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