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Tootsie's celebrates golden anniversary

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 – One of Nashville's long-time honky tonks, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 50 anniversary Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Ryman with Terri Clark, The Grascals and others.

The concert and retrospective paying tribute to the legendary honky tonk and the iconic woman it's named for, Hattie Louise "Tootsie" Bess, will also include performances by Randy Houser, Mel Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, Ronnie McDowell and newcomer Joanna Smith, with a special presentation by Little Jimmy Dickens. Tillis and Clark will co-host the evening with Kris Kristofferson, who is also scheduled to perform.

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

After the Ryman show, Smith will host the official VIP after-party at Tootsie's.

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