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Kip Loui

Brad Blackburn

Songbird Café is a local St. Louis production which features songwriters playing and sharing stories about their own music and an audience intent on listening in an intimate environment.

Steve St. Cyr, a recently retired accountant, is the organizer and producer of Songbird Café, which for the past year, takes place at the Focal Point in Maplewood on an almost monthly basis.

St. Cyr got the inspiration for his project from the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee – a listening room which has launched the career of several well-known music artists.

The group shot after the Jan. 25 show features, left to right, Steve St. Cyr, Lynne Reif, Mike Schrand, JJ Loui and Marc Chechik.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Nashville, Tenn., music scene is filled with talented musicians and songwriters all trying to get their big break in the city that’s become synonymous as the epicenter of country music.

There are plenty of music venues in Nashville – from the venerable Grand Old Opry to classic bars like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. But one of the most interesting is the Bluebird Café, an intimate 100-seat club in a suburban strip mall that features some of Nashville’s best known singer/songwriters as well as up-and-coming artists performing in the round.

Twangfest adapts to stay alive

Jun 3, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 3, 2008 - These are hard times in the world of Americana music, a genre that spans all manner of styles from folk, blues, country and bluegrass to rockabilly, alternative country and roots rock.

With CD sales plummeting across the board, the small, independent labels that specialize in Americana have been hit especially hard. An Americana radio format has never really taken off. And two magazines that wrote about the genre with depth and clarity, No Depression and Harp, have shuttered in recent months.