Kris Kristofferson played Tootsies
Kris was one of the many up & coming artists who played Tootsies, & he appeared at the very first Birthday Bash 55 years ago, according to a report (on brentwoodhomepage.com) that quotes the current proprietor, Steve Smith.
Tootsies Orchid Lounge is a world-famous Honky Tonk in Nashville that remains popular today. Over the years, the venue has hosted & served the likes of Kris & Willie while they were still struggling to make their names, with the likes of Hank Williams Junior, Steve Miller & Kid Rock making more recent appearances.
Tootsies was named after the original owner, Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess, who bought a lounge which, as the story goes, became known as the Orchid Lounge after mistakenly being painted orchid purple.
Whatever the real truth is, it sounds like great fun, & I wish I lived over the pond so I could have celebrated with the other Bashers – Who knows who turned up, maybe in disguise?
Tootsies Birthday Bashes include music & entertainment outdoors during the day, & I am certain this iconic venue is put to good use after the sun sets.
If ever you go, be sure to check out the wall of fame, & take a camera just in case!
Gérard Leblanc was there. Read about his Roadtrip
Image is Creative Commons – Attribution By Kathleen Conklin from Falls Church, USA