(l. to r.) – Lance Miller, Jerrod Niemann, Rob Hatch, Alive Hospice President/CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal, Lee Brice and Bluebird Cafe GM Erika Wollam Nichols gather prior to the final Alive at the Bluebird concert series show. Photo: Rob van Disseldorp
The 25th Annual Alive at the Bluebird concert series benefiting Alive Hospice hosted one last sold-out show for 2018 this week, over a month after the initial series ended. The Lee Brice-led round featured Jerrod Niemann, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller and was a make-up show after a mid-January snow storm forced a rare cancellation.
“The annual support for ALIVE from the songwriting community is truly humbling,” said Anna-Gene O’Neal, Alive Hospice President/CEO. “This group of songwriters not only rescheduled but had secured a new date within days of the original show. We can’t say thank you enough!”
The four traded stories about writing songs, recording songs, life on the road, individual histories with the famed Bluebird Cafe and acknowledging the loving work of Alive Hospice.
The 25th Annual Alive at the Bluebird concert series featured over 130 artists and songwriters performing 30 shows to benefit Alive Hospice. The month-long run featured the best of the best in the songwriting community, crossing genres with artists like Amy Grant, Clint Black, Kim Carnes and a special 35th anniversary performance by Kathy Mattea. The series wrapped up with an extraordinary show featuring Garth Brooks.
Funds raised from this annual series support the mission based services of Alive including hospice care, grief support and community education on end of life topics.
Presenting sponsors for the event included Bass, Berry & Sims, Cigna, HCA, Hub International, Jackson National and Tennessee Oncology. SouthComm and WSM-AM returned as media sponsors.
The Bluebird Cafe opened in June of 1982 and has been celebrating its 35th anniversary with special shows and events. Bluebird: The Movie, an in-depth documentary about the influence the tiny 90-seat venue has had on singers, songwriters and popular music in general, is currently in production.
About Alive Hospice: Alive Hospice is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit that provides compassionate care and support for terminally ill patients and their families, grief support for adults and children, and education about the end of life. Alive Hospice was founded in 1975, making it the first hospice program in Tennessee and the Southeast, and the first in the nation to provide hospice care in private homes. Alive Hospice is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, call 615-327-1085 or visit www.AliveHospice.org.
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