Country Music Hall Of Fame To Host Exhibit About Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
March 15, 2011 at 8:02 AM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM will honor TOOTSIE’S ORCHID LOUNGE, with a new photographic exhibition, “TOOTSIE’S ORCHID LOUNGE: Thirty-Four Steps and Fifty Years.” The exhibit, which opens APRIL 1st, will be presented in the MUSEUM’s WEST GALLERY and will run through SEPTEMBER 30th.
In 1960, JEFF and HATTIE LOUISE “TOOTSIE” BESS bought a small restaurant in downtown NASHVILLE and named it TOOTSIE’S ORCHID LOUNGE. With its proximity to the RYMAN AUDITORIUM, the club became a haven for many GRAND OLE OPRY stars, who would grab a drink there between sets. Country legend WILLIE NELSON said: “It’s 17 steps to TOOTSIE’s – and 34 steps back.”
Through the years, TOOTSIE’s regulars included country stars such as Patsy CLINE, WEBB PIERCE, CHARLEY PRIDE, FARON YOUNG, BILL ANDERSON, TOM T. HALL, HARLAN HOWARD, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, ROGER MILLER and MEL TILLIS. The exhibit features a dozen photographs that capture memorable moments at TOOTSIE’s, both onstage and off, including shots of JAMEY JOHNSON and MEL TILLIS performing together; KENNY CHESNEY and rocker STEVE MILLER onstage; and KID ROCK admiring the club’s décor, featuring walls plastered with 50 years of artist photographs. The exhibit will also include text panels and additional historic photos detailing the club’s half-century of history.
Check out more information at www.countrymusichalloffame.org.