The oral history format has become very popular in recent years, and I recently stumbled upon one from last year about the Bluebird Cafe:
FROM LUNCH TO LAUNCH
Amy Kurland grew up in Nashville in a musical family—her father was the session musician and arranger Sheldon Kurland. After she dropped out of culinary school, she decided to open a restaurant, picking Green Hills because the neighborhood was affordable at the time.
Amy Kurland, founder: “I was dating a guitar player, and he and his friends said, If you’re going to open a restaurant, why don’t you put a stage in there and we’ll play music? So I started out being this two-headed creature: During the day, we were this Green Hills ladies-lunch place, with flowered tablecloths and tuna stuffed into tomato halves. And then in the mid-afternoon, we would take the tablecloths off and haul the sound system out for the live music.”
Great work from the folks at Gardens & Guns, of all places! Click the link for more memories from singers and songwriters, including Kathy Mattea and Pam Tillis.