‘Freedom Sings’ concert at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe Oct. 19

Thursday, October 13, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “Freedom Sings,” the First Amendment Center’s program celebrating freedom of expression through music, teams up with Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe at 9 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Oct. 19, for the 13th annual concert featuring music that made a difference.

Tickets are $15, with door proceeds supporting the work of the First Amendment Center in educating Americans about the five basic freedoms protected by the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Reservations can be made through the Bluebird’s website, www.bluebirdcafe.com.

“Each year, we gather some of the top talents in Nashville and ask them to perform songs that were either censored, challenged or inspirational,” said Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center and creator of the “Freedom Sings” series. “This year we’re looking back four decades to 1971, a year we dared to ‘Imagine’ and vowed that we ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’”

Among the artists scheduled to perform this year: Gretchen Peters, Eric Brace, Garry Tallent, Peter Cooper, Zach Broocke, Ernest Chapman, Sam Stone, Craig Krampf, Danny Flowers, Supe Granda, Mark Horn, Bill Lloyd, Fayssoux McLean, Jonell Mosser, Dave Paulson, Penny Dale, Barry Walsh, Suzi Ragsdale, Sara Beck, Tommy Womack, Joseph Wooten and Mark Volman.

“Freedom Sings” began with a 1999 concert at the Bluebird Cafe. The program has grown to include several CDs and a series of touring concerts that have been performed since 2001 on college campuses and in cities nationwide.

“This amazing series, from that first moment at the Bluebird, has reminded us all that the First Amendment protects free expression across the spectrum of creativity, enriching our lives in immeasurable ways,” said Gene Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center. “Going strong well into its second decade, ‘Freedom Sings’ remains a unique combination of entertainment and education.”

“Freedom Sings” presents music that has been banned or censored or has sounded a call for social change, and it invites audiences to experience the First Amendment in a new way. The touring program is packed with live music, video and narration, and showcases hit songwriters, engaging performers and Grammy Award winners.

The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, the right to assemble and petition the government. With offices at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C., the First Amendment Center is an operating program of the Freedom Forum and is affiliated with the Newseum.

The Bluebird Café is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and the venue has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriters’ performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs – songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music.

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For interviews with Ken Paulson, Gene Policinski or artists scheduled to perform at “Freedom Sings at the Bluebird 2011,” contact Gene Policinski: gpolicinski@fac.org or 615/727-1303.