Country Stars Pay Homage to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

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COUNTRY STARS PERFORM AND PAY HOMAGE TO COUNTRY MUSIC INSTITUTION TOOTSIE’S ORCHID LOUNGE, CELEBRATING ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH A SOLD OUT SHOW AT THE RYMAN

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge - 50th Anniversar

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge - 50th Anniversary

Nashville, Tenn.  (November 8, 2010) – Nashville’s venerable Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge has been shaped by legends, and last night, music icons and stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow gathered at the Ryman Auditorium to honor country music’s legendary honky-tonk celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Kris Kristofferson honors the legendary honky tonk where he used to sweep floors.

Kris Kristofferson (Photo Credit: Ed Rode)

Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Terri Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens, Colt Ford, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan, The Grascals, Ronnie McDowell, Dean Miller (son of the late great Roger Miller), Mandy Barnett, and newcomer Joanna Smith, were among those who performed on the revered Ryman stage at the sold out show. Kristofferson, Dickens, Tillis and Clark co-hosted the evening which included a retrospective paying tribute to the Nashville landmark and the iconic woman it’s named for, Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess, who died in 1978.  Radio personality Dr. Shane Collins, WPAP-FM (Panama City, FL), served as emcee.

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California’s Country Past

By B-Bendin’ Honky-Tonker, Dave Gleason

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I grew up the suburbs of Northern California, in the East Bay town of Concord. In the early 1970’s this area had a real country feel to it – many ranches with horses surrounded by walnut orchards, and plenty of open space.
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