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Road to Bluebird Café could go through Collins River BBQ
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Calling all songwriters! Do you want a chance to perform your original work at the iconic Bluebird Café in 2022?

Collins River BBQ & Café owner will be offering that chance on Feb. 2. Restaurant owner Joe O’Neal has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Tourism to hold a qualifying round for the 2022 Tennessee Songwriter’s Week.

There were 35 venues chosen across the state with 16 in Middle Tennessee. Collins River BBQ is located on Main Street.

The announcement was made during a recent Tourism Development Board meeting.

“Joe is working on finding judges,” said TDB member Christy Ross. “This is going to be a very cool thing. This is the first time a venue in Warren County has been selected. It’s very exciting.”

Qualifying rounds are offered Jan. 30 through Feb. 12. Collins River BBQ will offer its on Feb. 2.

Top songwriters from the qualifying rounds will perform during one of the six Tennessee Songwriters Week showcases. Showcase events will be offered Feb. 20-26.

Finalists from the showcases get the opportunity to share their original songs on the historic stage at Bluebird Café. The finale date has been set for March 20.

In 2020, more than 1,000 songwriters performed in 39 qualifying rounds, six showcase events and special events on stages from Memphis to Mountain City.

Bluebird Café has a rich history of discovering talented individuals. Artists like Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum got their start at Bluebird Café. Garth Brooks auditioned there in 1987.