Nashville Film Festival to feature first documentary on Bluebird Cafe

Posted at 6:28 AM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 09:43:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Four screenings of the first-ever documentary about The Bluebird Cafe are happening during the Nashville Film Festival.

"Bluebird" tells the untold story of the place where countless songwriters' own stories began.

"I have been running The Bluebird Cafe for 12 years," said Erika Wollam Nichols, the general manager. "When I took over, I really wanted to tell the story, and what it has meant to so many people and to the community."

Two-and-a-half years ago, Wollam Nichols had a meeting with Brian Loschiavo of Riverside Entertainment.

"It's so iconic," Loschiavo said of the listening room. "How has this not been done before?"

Loschiavo teamed up with Wollam Nichols to produce the film.

"You know all the lore that has come out of this place. It seems like a foregone conclusion that there has to be a documentary about the Bluebird," he said.

The original documentary features interviews with superstars like Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

"You think maybe you'll get one of them. You never think you'll get all of them. It's a credit to this place," said Loschiavo.

The film also explains what happened after the television drama Nashville premiered.

"It hit us. It was an experience that none of us expected. All of these intense things that happened..we had to constantly be in conversation with our staff, keep our neighbors happy, keep the focus of the club, all in the light of hundreds of people," said Wollam Nichols.

The film can be seen at Regal Cinemas on Thompson Lane October 8 and October 12.