Sundance proudly announces the 2011 summer line up of entertainment for the acclaimed Bluebird Café Concert Series for the ninth consecutive summer. This year’s stellar line up of performers includes Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, who co wrote Miranda Lambert’s hit Grammy single, “The House That Built Me.” The concert series, which features some of Nashville’s most renowned singers, songwriters and musicians, embodies the Sundance tradition of storytelling and independent voice. The Bluebird Café in Nashville has launched the careers of virtually every country superstar over the last 20 years from Garth Brooks to Taylor Swift. Sundance has partnered with the Bluebird to bring a taste of musical storytelling to Utah.
“We are excited to welcome the singer/songwriters from the Bluebird Café back to Sundance for the ninth year. The Bluebird Café concert series exemplifies all that Sundance is about including independence, storytelling and the creative spirit. The Outdoor stage is the perfect venue to bring a little bit of Nashville to Utah and to showcase these great talents,” commented Chad Linebaugh, Sundance General Manager. Concerts at Sundance Resort will be held at the Outdoor Amphitheatre on July 8, 15, 22 and at Zoom in Park City on July 7, 14, and 21. This year’s stellar lineup includes:
July 7, 8 Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters, Marshall Chapman
July 14,15 Leslie Satcher, James Slater, Tim Rushlow
July 21, 22 Lori McKenna, Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin
Sundance’s Zoom restaurant in Park City will host the Bluebird performers on Thursday nights at 8:00p.m. The $90.00 ticket includes a 6:00 p.m. pre-performance dinner (alcohol and gratuity excluded) and can be purchased by calling Zoom at 435-649-9108 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 435-649-9108 end_of_the_skype_highlighting . The Friday outdoor amphitheatre performances on the Sundance Resort Eccles Stage will begin at 8:00p.m. $25 general admission tickets can be purchased by visiting sundanceresort.com and selecting Events or by calling 866-734-4428 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 866-734-4428 end_of_the_skype_highlighting . For additional information on these and all Sundance Resort events please visit www.sundanceresort.com
Bluebird Café Artist Bios:
July 7, 8 Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters, Marshall Chapman
Matraca Berg’s hits include “Wild Angels,” recorded by Martina McBride, “XXs and OOs,” and “Wrong Side of Memphis,” recorded by
Trisha Yearwood, “Strawberry Wine,” recorded by Deana Carter, which was the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year. Berg has recorded several solo albums, as well, and continues to write for other artists. Matraca is a Sundance favorite. Always a crowd pleaser, Matraca is a consummate performer in her own right. Her songs capture the essence and spirit of this talented artist.
Marshall Chapman’s songs have been recorded by such artists as Emmylou Harris, Wynonna, Joe Cocker, Conway Twitty, and Crystal Gayle, among others. Marshall has been churning out hits for years, but 2010 proved to be a banner year. In January, she landed her first movie role, playing Gwyneth Paltrow’s road manager in the recently released Country Strong. In February, her musical Good Ol’ Girls (adapted from the fiction of Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle, featuring songs by Matraca Berg and Marshall) opened off-Broadway. On October 30, Chapman simultaneously released a new book (They Came to Nashville) and new CD, Big Lonesome. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently named Big Lonesome “Best Country/Roots Album of 2010.” Paste Magazine calls it “her masterpiece. This is Marshall’s second trip to Sundance. She never fails to rock the house.
Gretchen Peters, one of Nashville’s top contemporary songwriters has won two Grammy nominations, one for “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am,” recorded by Patty Loveless and “Independence Day,” recorded by Martina McBride. “Independence Day” was also named one of the Top 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music by CMT. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 2003 for her work in Dreamworks animated film, “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” Other artists who have recorded her songs include Faith Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, Neil Diamond and many others.
July 14, 15 Leslie Satcher, James Slater, Tim Rushlow Leslie Satcher teamed with accomplished father and son songwriters Max D. and Max T. Barnes following a Sunday night show at the world famous Bluebird Café. A writing contract with the then new publishing company Island Bound Music ensued. Satcher has had cuts by Joe Diffie, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Wade Hayes, Reba McIntire, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Willie Nelson and more. Most notably, Satcher penned Gretchen Wilson’s chart -topping “Politically Uncorrect” and George Strait’s “Troubadour.” Leslie performs all over the United
States and is often found doing benefits with friends Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Paul Overstreet, and others.
James Slater is known for his powerful songs and dynamic performances. Slater penned the song “In My Daughters Eyes” which was recorded by Martina McBride and became a crossover classic, resulting in a Grammy nomination. The song also won BMI Country Award and BMI Pop Award. He also wrote, “That’s Why God Made Mexico” which was recorded by Tim McGraw. He is signed to Byron Gallimore’s Song Garden/State One publishing company and his songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rodney Atkins, John Michael Montgomery, Lorrie Morgan, Jessica Andrews, and Mark Wills, among others. James’ song “Maggie Creek Road” is featured on Reba McEntire’s new album which debuted at number 1 on the pop and country charts. Tim Rushlow was formerly the co-lead vocalist of the popular country music band, Little Texas. As a solo artist, Tim released the album Tim Rushlow. He also released another album and two singles in the band Rushlow, as well as two more singles in the duo Rushlow Harris. Tim Rushlow accounted for four singles on the Billboard country singles charts, including “She Misses Him”, a Top 40 country hit. His versatility is exemplified in his two most recent projects, which includes a pop Christian album and a classic, big band jazz record that he is working on with Jeff Huskins, his lifelong friend and former Little Texas keyboard player.
July 21,22 Lori McKenna, Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin Lori McKenna, a mother of five from Stoughton, Mass. has been writing songs since she was 13 but didn’t perform her originals for an audience until she was 27, encouraged by her husband and children. She began singing at open-mike nights in Boston, and the enthusiastic response led to her own shows. She released the album Paper Wings & Halo (1998), followed by Pieces of Me (2001), The Kitchen Tapes (2003) and Bittertown in 2004. McKenna’s friend and fellow songwriter Mary Gauthier brought McKenna’s music to the attention of Harlan Howard’s publishing company in Nashville. In turn, the company then pitched McKenna’s material to Faith Hill, who cut three of her songs for her 2005 album Fireflies. Sara Evans also cut a track from Bittertown, titled “Bible Song,” for her 2005 album Real Fine Place.
Allen Shamblin, who co wrote “The House That Built Me” with Tom Douglas, first received tremendous popularity and critical acclaim of his song “He Walked on Water.” He has since had a hand in writing such #1 songs as “Walk on Faith”, recorded by Mike Reid; “In This Life”, recorded by Collin Raye; “We Were In Love” recorded by Toby Keith; and “Don’t Laugh At Me”, recorded by Mark Wills. Other singles include “Life’s A Dance”, by John Michael Montgomery; “Thinkin’ Problem” recorded by David Ball; “Man of My Word” recorded by Collin Raye; and “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, recorded by Bonnie Raitt. To date, Shamblin has had more than 100 songs recorded by such artists as Wynonna, Patty Loveless, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Bette Midler, Ricky Van Shelton,
Dolly Parton, Ricky Scaggs, John Berry, Kathy Mattea, Susan Ashton, “Prince” and others.
Tom Douglas is one of the most widely respected and successful songwriters of our time. He earned his second number one on the pop charts in 1998 with “The Gift,” as recorded and co-written with Jim Brickman. In 2001, Tim McGraw took Douglas’ “Grown Men Don’t Cry” all the way to number one, and subsequently collaborated with Tom on the top three country hit “My Little Girl.” Along with Allen Shamblin, Douglas penned, “The House That Built Me” which was recorded by Miranda Lambert and was named the Ameri can Country Music’s single record of the year, song of the year, and video of the year. The song became Lambert’s first Number One hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and held its place at the top for four consecutive weeks. It was her second single to receive a platinum certification from the RIAA on July 8, 2010. At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011, she won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “The House That Built Me.”