The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor a Nashville institution, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, with a new photographic exhibition, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: Thirty-Four Steps and Fifty Years.
The exhibit, which opened April 1st, will be presented in the Museum’s West Gallery and will run through September 30, 2011.
The club became a haven for many Grand Ole Opry stars, who would run over and grab a drink between sets. Willie Nelson described the trek, “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 and Faron Young, as well as up-and-coming songwriters Bill Anderson, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller and Mel Tillis.
The exhibit will also include text panels and additional historic photos detailing the venerable club’s half-century of history.