All Roads Lead to the Birchmere: America’s Legendary Music Hall -New book

February 2, 2022 | 12:02 am

Updated February 1, 2022 | 10:19 pm

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by Gary Oelze and Stephen Moore


About the Book
A rousing illustrated history of the Birchmere music hall by founder and operator (and Owensburg, Kentucky native) Gary Oelze with music writer Stephen Moore. Hundreds of performers, including Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Arlo Guthrie, John Waters, Tom Paxton, Vince Gill, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin, Daryl Davis, Joe Sample, Rodney Crowell, and Johnny Cash to name only a few who are featured. Performers, staff, journalists, and patrons share their stories of bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz, rock, soul, and comedy shows both on and off the stage. With an index and 330 photos.

“When you’re a gypsy like me, you look forward to being around people who are like-minded. The Birchmere has the feel of a family. I smile when I see this booking appear on my tour calendar. I love their open mind and willingness to present all genres of great music.”
Vince Gill — 22-time Grammy Award Winner

“I’m so glad this book was done to summarize the Birchmere’s remarkable run and to honor the performers who “arrived” by playing the legendary hall. Again, I never did, and I regret it. If not on stage, my thanks for including me in the story.’
Bob Schieffer — Face the Nation moderator for 24 years during nearly five decades as a CBS News Correspondent.

A comprehensive history of one of America’s most storied concert venues by its owner and founder, Gary Oelze, and music writer Stephen Moore…For music aficionados, the work will serve as an encyclopedic trove of information… Although readers may be attracted by the accounts of the stars on the Birchmere stage, the most impassioned writing here centers on Oelze’s expert management of the club he loves…A wide-ranging but remarkably intimate account of a legendary music hall. — Kirkus Reviews

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has attended a show at the Birchmere…But this is also a book that anyone who is a fan of music of any genre can thoroughly enjoy because in the telling of the Birchmere’s story through the words of those who performed there, the authors allow you to learn things about your musical heroes that you probably did not know and will not learn from any other source. — Dan Miller, Editor, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine

February 2, 2022 | 12:02 am

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