Peter Bogdanovich brings conviction but little else to this upbeat response to Robert Altman's NASHVILLE. Aspiring, New York City-born singer-songwriter Miranda Presley (Samantha Mathis) steps off the bus in Nashville to pursue her dreams, starting with the weekly open auditions at the
Bluebird Cafe. There she meets mercurial up-and-coming star James Wright (River Phoenix) and his pals Kyle (Dermot Mulroney) and Linda Lue (Sandra Bullock). Miranda fails the audition, and maternal cafe manager Lucy (country star K.T. Oslin) tells Miranda that her songwriting, while technically
adept, lacks soul. Miranda takes a job as a waitress at the Bluebird and moves in with Lin...