Actress, singer, producer and songwriter Rita Wilson will bring her acclaimed Liner Notes series to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe for two shows December 12 and 13, 2017. She will be joined by hit songwriters Liz Rose (Girl Crush), Billy Steinberg (Like A Virgin) and rock and roller Patty Smyth (No Mistakes), with both shows beginning at 9:00pm.
"Songwriters tell stories about who we are and what we feel," said Wilson. "Being able to bring my show 'Liner Notes' with these famed songwriters and their incredible hits to the famed Bluebird Cafe is an honor. Cannot wait to share these stories with you."
Wilson began the Liner Notes series in 2015 at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, where she was presented the Distinction in Theater Award at the annual Backstage at the Geffen event in 2009. She recently hosted eight shows at The Geffen's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater and is currently nominated for a Broadway World Award for Best Female Cabaret, Large Venue for Liner Notes. For each performance, she was joined by special guests for an evening of songwriters performing and telling the stories behind their songs.
The Bluebird Cafe shows will be performed in-the-round, a format that originated in the important venue, providing an up-close and personal experience. Admission to these special shows is $25.00 per person. Pre-paid reservations for the show will be available on Friday, November 24 at 8:00am CST at www.bluebirdcafe.com. There is a $10.00 food/beverage minimum at each seat.
Wilson will also be a special guest on Leanne Rimes' Today Is Christmas Tour 2017, when it makes a stop at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on December 10. More information about the tour and tickets can be found here.
The Bluebird Cafe is in the final week of an important campaign raising money to fund filming of the first ever documentary about the influential 90-seat club housed in a nondescript strip center outside Nashville. Fans wishing to contribute to the campaign to make the film a reality may do so at BluebirdTheMovie.com.
About Rita Wilson:
Rita Wilson: Well-known as an actress (It's Complicated,
Sleepless in Seattle, a recurring role in CBS's The Good Wife, HBO's award-winning series Girls, the upcoming film Simple Wedding and most recently was on Broadway in Larry David's smash hit Fish in the Dark) and as a film producer (Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia 2!, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, for which she co-wrote and performed
Even More Mine), Rita Wilson's first love is music. In May 2012, she realized a lifelong dream with the debut of her solo album AM/FM. The album, released by Decca/Verve Records, is an intimate, elegant and beautifully sung collection of covers of her favorite songs from the 1960s and 1970s. For the last five years, Wilson has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a songwriter. Last year, she released her self-titled second album, showcasing her skill for creating insightful, eloquent singer-songwriter pop music that is etched with stunning honesty. For two years prior to the release, she worked with a host of the finest award-winning and best-selling songwriters and producers in both Los Angeles and Nashville. The new material was prominently featured in her sold-out two-week residency at the famed Café Carlyle in New York City. "Ms. Wilson has a catch in her voice that conveys yearning and potential heartbreak behind a façade of cheer. As a stage performer, she is gregarious and forthright; a natural entertainer," said The New York Times. Connie Britton performed Wilson's song "Strong Tonight" on an episode of ABC's Nashville in spring 2016. In June 2016, Wilson toured with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers Chicago.
About the Guests:
Liz Rose: Born and raised in Texas, Liz Rose moved to Nashville and began writing songs at the age of 37. She has since penned 16 songs with Taylor Swift, including the No. 1 crossover hits "Tim McGraw," "Teardrops On My Guitar," "You Belong With Me," Grammy Award-winning Best Country Song "White Horse" and ACM Song of the Year, "Crazy Girl." More recently, she co-wrote Little Big Town's double platinum smash hit, "Girl Crush," which earned the Grammy for Best Country Song in 2016 and the Country Music Association's Award for Song of the Year in 2015. Rose has also written songs for Alison Krauss, Blake Shelton, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Gary Allan, LeeAnn Womack, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and others. Her songs have sold more than 20 million copies. In 2010, Rose launched her publishing company, Liz Rose Music, with her son Scott Ponce, as a home for burgeoning songwriters. The company's roster now includes Phil Barton, Cameron Bedell, Corey Crowder, Seth Ennis, Alyssa Micaela, Emily Shackelton, and Rose's daughter Caitlin Rose.
Patty Smyth: An Oscar and Grammy nominated singer and songwriter, Patty Smyth burst onto the scene with the band Scandal in 1982, and its self-titled debut that turned out to be the best-selling EP in Columbia Records history. The album featured the hit single, "Goodbye to You," a song Smyth co-wrote, and the hits "Love's Got a Line on You" and "Win Some, Lose Some." In 1984, the group's first full-length album, The Warrior, climbed into the Top 20 on the sales chart, eventually earning RIAA-certified platinum status, with more than a million in sales. Smyth's 1992 solo album featured her biggest hit ever, "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough," a song she wrote that featured a performance by Don Henley. The song reached No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 and stayed there for six consecutive weeks, going No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart. The album and the single each earned platinum status. The album also produced the hits "No Mistakes," "I Should be Laughing" and "Shine."
Billy Steinberg: Billy Steinberg has been among the most successful songwriters of the past 30 years, co-writing with Tom Kelly five No. 1 singles on Billboard's "Hot 100" chart: "Like A Virgin" (Madonna), "True Colors" (Cyndi Lauper), "So Emotional" (Whitney Houston), "Eternal Flame" (The Bangles) and "Alone" (Heart). Additionally, he wrote the Top 10 hits "I'll Stand by You" (Pretenders), "I Touch Myself" (Divinyls), "How Do I Make You" (Linda Ronstadt), and "I Drove All Night" (Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, Celine Dion). Steinberg and Kelly were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. In the mid-1990s, Steinberg teamed up with Rick Nowels. They won Grammy Awards for producing the song "Falling into You" for Celine Dion. Steinberg currently works with Josh Alexander and they have written and produced the hits "Too Little Too Late" (JoJo) and "Give Your Heart a Break" (Demi Lovato).