SUNDANCE, UTAH (March, 2010)—Sundance proudly announces the return of the The Bluebird Café for the eighth consecutive summer concert series featuring some of Nashville's renowned singers, songwriters and musicians. In the tradition of storytelling and independent voice Sundance has partnered with the Bluebird to bring a taste of musical storytelling to Utah July 8 and 9, July 15 and 16; and July 22 and 23. 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.
This year’s stellar line up includes:
July 8 and 9 - Pat Alger, Tony Arata and Roxie Dean
July 15 and 16 - Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, and Tony Haselden
July 22 and 23 - James House, Danny Flowers, and Terry Radigan
Sundance's Zoom restaurant in Park City will host the Bluebird performers on Thursday nights, July 8, 15, and 22 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.
The Friday outdoor amphitheatre performances on the Sundance Eccles Stage will begin at 8:00p.m.on July 9, 16, and 23. $25 general admission tickets are available by contacting 866-734-4428 or sundanceresort.com/boxoffice. For additional information on these and all Sundance Resort events please visit www.sundanceresort.com.
Bluebird Café Artist Bios:
July 8, 9 - Pat Alger, Tony Arata, Roxie Dean
After over 40 years as a professional songwriter, Pat Alger has had many things to celebrate, as his songs have been recorded by a wide variety of artists in different genres including; The Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee, Peter, Paul & Mary, Nanci Griffith ("Once in a Very Blue Moon" and "Lone Star State of Mind"), Dolly Parton, Livingston, James Taylor, Kathy Mattea ("Goin' Gone" and "She Came From Fort Worth"), Hal Ketchum and Garth Brooks ("The Thunder Rolls" and "Unanswered Prayers"). As an artist he has recorded three solo albums, and as a writer he has had over 20 chart hits including eight number ones. Pat was the NSAI Songwriter of the year in 1991 and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 1992 and most recently a 2006 nominee for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Tony Arata was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up on nearby Tybee Island. While studying for a journalism degree from Georgia Southern University, he began performing his original songs in local bands. In 1986, he and his wife Jaymi moved to Nashville where his unique, soulful style began to get the attention of people like Allen Reynolds and Garth Brooks. Garth, to date, has recorded seven of Tony's songs, and "The Dance" won song of the year at The Academy of Country Music and received both a Country Music Association and a GRAMMY© nomination, as well as a most performed song in Radio and Records Magazine. Tony has had No. 1 records with "Here I Am" for Patty Loveless, "I'm Holding My Own" for Lee Roy Parnell, and "Dreaming With My Eyes Open" for Clay Walker. Other artists who have recorded his songs include, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton, Don Williams, Reba McEntire, Suzy Boggus and Hal Ketchum.
Roxie combines honesty, humor, vulnerability and experience to touch the hearts of all who hear her. Discovered by country business legends Chips Moman and Harold Shedd, Roxie's promise as a country songwriter showed early as her first cut, "Lonely" by Tracy Lawrence topped the charts. She had continued success as a writer, but she could not deny her own artistic vision any longer. In 2001, Roxie signed a recording contract of her own with James Stroud of Dreamsworks/Nashville. Her first single "Everyday Girl" stayed on the Country Sales Charts Top 50 for a full year and was highlighted by Lifetime Television for Women, taking Roxie's music nationwide. In 2005 she signed with Valhalla Music Group and released "A Soldiers Wife," from her album "Ms. America." The song has had a positive impact on military families nationwide, as Roxie contributes a portion of all sales to the Armed Services Relief Fund.
July 15, 16 - Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Tony Haselden
After years of hard work and hard writing, Gary got his first break in 1982 with Juice Newton's "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me." With a hit under his belt he started writing in earnest, getting cuts from such talents as the Oak Ridge Boys and Conway Twitty. After a brief time on a solo career and album, Gary took over for Vince Gill as the lead-singer for the band Pure Prairie League. Burr has been awarded 'Songwriter of the Year' on three separate occasions by three different organizations: Billboard, Nashville Songwriter's Association International, and ASCAP. He has also received over twenty of ASCAP's recognition awards for radio play activity, and CDs featuring his songs have sold more than 50 million units world-wide. Gary's talents have extended outside of country music as well. He has written and performed with Ringo Starr, collaborating on Ringo's album Ringorama, released on Koch Records in 2003. He garnered a number one hit on the pop charts for his collaboration on the platinum selling single "Before Your Love" by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, along with a number one selling single "This Is The Night," recorded by American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken.
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.
A versatile and dynamic performer, the requests she receives for her songs led her to record and release her second album under her own independent label. Enlisting friend and co-writer Radney Foster as producer, Georgia's new CD "Unchanged" is raw and organic, and reflects her true personality and compelling live performances.
Tony is a Louisiana native who brings down home humor and extreme musicality to every performance. He is a charter member of the rock group LeRoux and recorded three albums for Capitol records and two for RCA which produced the southern standard "New Orleans Ladies" and the top 20 hit "Nobody Said It Was Easy". After touring with Foreigner, Journey, ZZ Top, The Beach Boys and a long list of legends of that era, he chose to settle in the country... music that is... grits... sweet tea... real life people. Nashville was the perfect fit and soon after the move he had his first hit, "Mama Knows" by the group Shenendoah. That was followed by more number one songs like, "It Ain't Nothin", Keith Whitley; "Take It Like A Man", Michelle Wright; "You Know Me Better Than That", George Strait; and "That's My Story" Collin Raye.
July 22, 23 - James House, Danny Flowers, Terry Radigan
James House's credits include the Grammy and CMA Nominated Songs of the year "A Broken Wing" recorded by Martina McBride and "Ain't That Lonely Yet" performed by Dwight Yoakam. Along with Diamond Rio's number one smash, "In A Week or Two," James House's songs have been recorded by Rod Stewart, Sara Evans, Kylie Minogue, Steve Holy, The Mavericks, Craig Morgan, The Warren Brothers, Tina Turner and Steve Azar to name a few. His CD "Days Gone By" on Epic records established him as an artist and produced his own Billboard Top 5 single "This Is Me Missing You." As a recording artist James has toured and performed with: The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis and many others, and has appeared on The David Letterman Show, The Grand Ol' Opry and toured throughout the US and Europe. His voice and songs can also be heard on several successful television and movie soundtracks.
Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Terry Radigan resides in her native Brooklyn "Holla" NY. Moving from Brooklyn to Nashville, Radigan signed with Elektra Asylum and recorded Pawnbroker's Daughter. Later, she signed with Vanguard and released her second solo project, the critically acclaimed, "Radigan." In addition to her own recording career, she has had her songs covered by artists such as Patty Loveless, Anunna, Trisha Yearwood, Ashley MacIsaac, Jeanette Olsson and City High. She is also composing & producing the music for the upcoming TV show Under The Tuscan Gun starring Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcus. Her latest cd will be released this summer.
Danny Flowers may be best known for having penned the classic, "Tulsa Time" (Don Williams, Eric Clapton), or as author of such soulful cuts as, "Before Believing" (title cut for Emmylou Harris's Pieces Of The Sky) and "Gulf Coast Highway," (Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, Evangeline) among others, but as a solo artist, his bluesy blend of raw emotion combined with a heartfelt yearning will speak to your very soul. Danny's instrumentality has also earned him a high level of notoriety in the industry. Having paid his dues on the road with artists such as Don Williams, Nanci Griffith, Vince Gill, Marshall Chapman, Dobie Gray and Russell Smith, his debut release: MCA Records' The Scratch Band Featuring Danny Flowers, earned him a Country Music Awards (CMA) nomination. Flowers' writing credits span several genres and his flexibility as a guitarist and wordsmith is well-known. He penned "Tulsa Time" for Eric Clapton, which Don Williams also cut. Williams then had hits with "Back In My Younger Days," "Senorita," and "To Be Your Man." Emmylou Harris recorded "Before Believing" as the title cut for her Pieces Of The Sky album. "Gulf Coast Highway" was recorded by Emmylou and Willie Nelson as well as by Nanci Griffith and Evangeline.
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