Nashville's Famous Bluebird Cafe Changing Hands

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After 25 years, Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe is changing ownership.

It's a songwriters club where Garth Brooks and Faith Hill were discovered and where so many hits were first performed.

Founder and longtime owner Amy Kurland told The Associated Press that The Nashville Songwriters Association bought the club in a deal that ensures it will keep operating as a hub for songwriters.

Terms of the sale were not announced.

Kurland opened the Bluebird in 1982 as a restaurant, but it evolved into a place where songs, often performed by the writer sitting in a circle with three or four other writers, take center stage.

Brooks found his hit "The Dance" while visiting the club one night. Songwriter Don Schlitz tried out many of his songs that Randy Travis recorded ("On the Other Hand," "Forever and Ever, Amen") at the Bluebird.

The club was also the setting for the 1993 movie "The Thing Called Love," starring River Phoenix, K.T. Oslin, Samantha Mathis and Sandra Bullock.

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