The Bluebird Café at Sundance
The Bluebird Café Series returns to Sundance for its sixth consecutive summer at the resort, which has become the Bluebird’s western home. The actual Bluebird Café is located in Nashville and is renowned for starting the careers of virtually every major artist in the country music business today, including such major artists as Faith Hill and Garth Brooks, among many others. It’s in the tradition of storytelling and independent voice that Sundance partners with the Bluebird to bring a taste of Nashville storytelling to Utah.
The Bluebird concerts take place on Thursday nights at Zoom in Park City and on Friday nights at the Sundance Resort on the Outdoor Eccles Stage. This year’s featured artists are as follows:
July 10 and 11: Dave Berg, Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes
July 17 and 18: Georgia Middleman, Tony Haselden and Bob Regan
July 24 and 25: Dean Dillon, Scotty Emerick and Shawn Camp
July 31 and August 1: Walt Aldridge, Lisa Carver and Steven Dales Jones
For the Thursday nights at Sundance’s Zoom restaurant in Park City performance, tickets are $90 (includes dinner) Dinner at 6:00 p.m. with the performance at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Zoom performances sold at Zoom: 435-649-9108. For the Friday night performance at the Eccles Outdoor Amphitheater, Sundance Resort, ticket price is $25 with the performance at 8:00 p.m. Please call 866-534-3781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on these and all Sundance Resort events, please visit www.sundanceresort.com
Bluebird Café Artist Bios:
July 10 and 11
Dave Berg was named N.S.A.I's 2007 songwriter of the year, as well as being the co-writer on the ACM nominated and ASCAP's song of the year "If You're Going Thru Hell" by Rodney Atkins. He was a co-writer on the 2007 CMA song of the year nominee "Stupid Boy" by Keith Urban. Other number one songs include Reba McEntire's "Somebody", Emerson Drive's "Moments", and most recently "These Are My People" by Rodney Atkins. Other singles he has co-written are Blake Shelton's "Don't Make Me", Chris Cagle's "What Kind Of Gone" and Bucky Covington's "It's Good To Be Us". He has also released two independent pop/rock records, "Three Perfect Days" and "Surface". His song "Coffee With Jesus” won first place in the AAA category of the 2005 International Songwriting Contest", and his song "Leno Over Letterman" won first place in the rock division of the 2005 U.S.A. Songwriting Contest.
Other artists that have recorded his songs are Meredith Brooks, Sarah Buxton, Tracy Lawrence, Ronnie Milsap, Tracy Byrd, Terri Clark, Lorrie Morgan, Bucky Covington, Chris Cagle, Jimmy Wayne, and The Warren Brothers, among others.
Sarah Buxton: Sarah Buxton grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, and became actively involved in music as a child by learning piano, playing flute and joining a children's choir. She sang Patty Loveless' "Blame It on Your Heart" at a talent show as a junior in high school. As she learned more about music, she became interested in songwriters and began writing poetry. After graduation, she met one of her musical idols, Stevie Nicks, who encouraged her to pursue music, which meant a move to Nashville.
Buxton enrolled at Nashville's Belmont University and started a southern rock band called Stoik Oak, which toured the region for three years. After an 18-month engagement, she married the band's guitarist when she was 22. However, they divorced shortly afterwards. She also felt discouraged about finding a place for her unique-sounding voice in the music business but found further encouragement from one of her friends, John Rich of Big & Rich. She asked her publisher to set up some co-writing sessions, and she became more confident in her approach to singing and songwriting.
Keith Urban cut one of her songs, "Stupid Boy," for his 2006 album, “Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing.” Buxton is expected to release her debut album on Lyric Street Records in 2007.
Jedd Hughes, a songwriter and accomplished guitar player, auditioned for and got the job as Patty Loveless’s lead guitarist six weeks after moving to Nashville. His critically-acclaimed MCA debut, “Transcontinental,” is a blend of the traditional sounds Jedd loved from his childhood and the rocking country he’s absorbed as an ever-evolving artist. Currently working on his first project for Capitol Records Nashville, Jedd continues to grow as a performer, songwriter and artist: “Country music still excites me like I’m four years old,” he adds. “There have always been so many possibilities with country. Cash was doing what he was doing, and Merle was doing his own thing, too. There were all these different country artists, but it was always still country music. And country music is still cool.”
Georgia Middleman was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and studied theatre at NYU. After moving to Nashville to pursue songwriting, she eventually landed a staff writer position at PolyGram Music and a recording contract with Giant Records. Her album "Endless Possibilities" was released just as Giant's doors were being shuttered. Undaunted, Georgia continued to concentrate on her songwriting - both for herself and for other artists. Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Terri Clark, Joe Nichols, Tracy Lawrence, and others have recorded Georgia's songs.
Tony Haselden’s hit songs include Michelle Wright’s “Take it Like a Man;” George Strait’s “You Know Me Better than That,” Keith Whitley’s “It Ain’t Nothin’,” Shenandoah’s “Mama Knows,” and Collin Raye’s “That’s My Story.” Haselden, who began his career as a member of Lousiana’s LeRoux, is a Grammy nominated producer. He was responsible for the only country single on the platinum selling “Touched by an Angel” soundtrack.
Bob Regan is a California native, who served three terms as the President of NSAI’s Board of Directors from 2003-2006. (Nashville Songwriters Association International). Regan lobbied with NSAI in Washington, D.C., and was instrumental in NSAI introduction and the passage of the Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act. Under Regan’s stewardship, NSAI purchased the Music Mill, the organization’s first permanent headquarters on Music Row. Regan currently serves as NSAI's Legislative Chair.
Songwriting credits include Keith Urban's "Your Everything," Ty Herndon's "Steam," Billy Ray Cyrus' "Busy Man," Terri Clark's "Every Time I Cry," Rick Trevino's "Running out of Reasons to Run," Trisha Yearwood's "Thinkin' About You," Tanya Tucker's "Soon" and Reba McEntire's "Til Love Comes Again."
Dean Dillon has been an iconic voice in Nashville for over thirty years. His reputation as a preeminent songwriter was firmly established with his 2002 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. As a songwriter, early successes included George Jones' 1983 hit, "Tennessee Whiskey". Dillon has written eleven of George Strait's 52 number one hits. Between 1985 and 2005, George Strait scored number one hits with Dillon's songs "The Chair", "Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her", "It Ain't Cool To Be Crazy About You", "Ocean Front Property", "Famous Last Words of a Fool", "I've Come To Expect It From You", "If I Know Me", "Easy Come, Easy Go", "Lead On", "The Best Day", and "She Let Herself Go". He also penned George Strait's duet with Lee Ann Womack, which won the CMA's Musical Event of the Year award for 2005 .
Scotty Emerick is best known for his song-writing association with his friend, the country superstar, Toby Keith. Among his co-writing credits are Toby Keith's number-one hits "I'm Just Talkin' about Tonight," the Willie Nelson duet "Beer for My Horses," "I Love This Bar," "Whiskey Girl," and "As Good As I Once Was." Emerick co-wrote nine songs on Keith's 2005 album “Honkytonk University” and ten of the twelve tracks on Keith's 2006 “White Trash with Money” album, including the singles "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" and "A Little Too Late." Emerick plays guitar and sings backing vocals on numerous Keith tracks. Other songwriting credits include cuts by country legend Willie Nelson, superstar George Strait, and the band Sawyer Brown. Emerick won the 2004 Songwriter of the Year award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Shawn Camp originally signed to Reprise Records in 1993 as a recording artist, Camp charted two minor singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts that year. Since then, he has found success as a songwriter, having co-written hit singles for many country music artists, including Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, Brooks & Dunn, and Blake Shelton, although he continues to record his own material as well. Camp's first Number One as a songwriter came in early 1998, when Garth Brooks reached the top of the Billboard country charts with "Two Piña Coladas", a song co-written by Camp. Later that same year, Brooks & Dunn also reached Number One with "How Long Gone", another Camp co-write. Camp released a second album, titled Lucky Silver Dollar, in 2001. In 2006, he was nominated as Songwriter of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music; also, Billboard ranked him #10 on their 2006 list of Hot Country Songwriters.
Walt Aldridge is known primarily as a Nashville songwriter. He has written dozens of hit country songs including the number one hits "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" by Ronnie Milsap (1981), "Holding Her and Loving You" by Earl Thomas Conley (1982), and "I Loved Her First" (2006) - recorded by Heartland. He is listed as a "Music Achiever" by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, which is a precursor to future induction, and has been awarded a star on their Walk of Fame. Aldridge fronted the alt-country band The Shooters in the latter part of the 1980s. He issued two eponymous albums with moderate regional country hits "They Only Come Out at Night" and "Borderline".