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Kris Kristofferson, Randy Houser + More Honor Tootsie’s

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Kris Kristofferson, Randy Houser, Terri Clark, Mel Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, the Grascals, Ronnie McDowell and Joanna Smith will pay musical tribute to Nashville’s Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge at the bar’s 50th Anniversary Celebration November 7, with a special event across the alley at the Ryman Auditorium.

The iconic honky-tonk, located on Music City’s Lower Broadway, is known for its famous clientele such as Patsy Cline, Roger Miller and Waylon Jennings, and has been the starting point for numerous singer-songwriters including Willie Nelson, who received his first songwriting gig after singing at Tootsie’s.

Kris, Mel and Terri will co-host the evening which honors Tootsie’s founder Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess, who bought the building in 1960 and made it into a Nashville institution. Little Jimmy Dickens is also scheduled to make a special presentation at the event.

“Like Kris, all these artists have a history with Tootsie’s,” current Tootsie’s owner Steve Smith said. “Spanning the decades, each has stories and special memories to share and their music is a part of Tootsie’s history. It’s going to be a memorable night.”

Tootsie’s has been immortalized on the silver screen in the Loretta Lynn biopic ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, and ‘W.W. & the Dixie Dance Kings‘ featuring Burt Reynolds.

Tickets to the show are available through TicketMaster for $50 here. VIP packages are also being offered for $110 and include access to pre- and post-show parities and a commemorative Tootsie’s 50th Anniversary shirt; purchase them here.

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