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Keith returns to the clubs

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – Usually Toby Keith plays the sheds in the summer, but he is hitting the club scene next week in a fundraiser for a well-known Nashville club.

The Bluebird Café's 2011 BirdSongs Series continues on Tuesday, June 28 at 9 p.m. with Keith. The show will be an acoustic show with long-time collaborators Bobby Pinson and Scotty Emerick.

"It's an honor to have a writer/artist of Toby Keith's stature perform here at The Bluebird Café," said Erika Wollam Nichols, general manager of the venue. "People automatically recognize Toby as a superstar, but don't always realize that he is an amazing, and award-winning, songwriter as well. We are thrilled to have him performing with his co-writers in support of The BirdSongs Series."

The BirdSongs Series was created last year to help pay off the debt accrued through NSAI's purchase of the club, a venue that has been instrumental in the development of so many performers' careers. This year artists are joining the ranks of those who recognize the significance of the club and are lending their support through a series of shows that will benefit The Bluebird Café and ensure its future.

On both the importance of songwriting and The Bluebird, Keith had the following to say, "God blessed me to be a songwriter first and foremost. I remember going to writer's night at the Bluebird. It's great to have a place for songwriters to showcase their songs. It can open a door that just makes a song fly. Just one moment of inspiration, and you're off. Nashville needs to keep the Bluebird alive and thriving."

While both Pinson and Emerick are Bluebird veterans, the evening marks Keith's first-ever scheduled performance at The Bluebird Café. Throughout the performance, Keith will play a Takemine guitar. At the conclusion of the performance, the guitar will be signed by Keith and auctioned off to the highest bidder. All monies collected from the guitar auction, as well as the cover charge(s) for the show, will be donated to The Bluebird Café.

Admission is $75 for regular seats and $150 for gold circle seats. Reservations for the general public will be available Wednesday, June 22nd, at 8 a.m. central.

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