In the past two decades, the Blue Door and proprietor Greg Johnson have played host to many acclaimed singer-songwriters, including Elk City native Jimmy Webb, former Stillwater resident Jimmy LaFave, Soper native Ray Wylie Hubbard, Midwest City High School graduate Kevin Welch, Bearden native John Fullbright, Arlo Guthrie, Lucinda Williams, Michael Fracasso, Ellis Paul and Shelby Lynne.
Here's what some folks have said about playing the fabled listening room:
“I always look forward to it. I really admire Greg for hanging in there and keeping that little venue open and functioning all these years. ... These little places are cultural organs in the community. Sometimes they may not look like much from the outside, but these are practically the only places that young songwriters get a chance to start a career these days, and they're becoming fewer and farther between. So to actually have something like that in the community in Oklahoma City, it really is an asset.”
— Jimmy Webb
“I've been playing there for a long, long time, ever since I think it's been open. And it's just one of my favorite venues to play. The vibe and the sound and the audience are just stellar, just pristine. And so it's just a great, great fun gig, man, I just love coming up there.”
— Ray Wylie Hubbard
“It's one of our favorite places for sure. ... We've been on the stage at the Blue Door more than any other act ever ... without a doubt, between all the benefits we've done, the Woody (Guthrie tribute) shows, the Kids Christmas show every year. We do two shows ourselves a year. We've played there since the day he opened it.”