Weekend Photos: Tootsie’s Anniversary, Music City Walk of Fame

The Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 50th Anniversary Celebration took place last night (11/7) at the Ryman Auditorium. Among those on the line-up were Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Randy Houser, Joanna Smith, Terri Clark, Lorrie Morgan, Colt Ford, Mark Chesnutt, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ronnie McDowell, The Grascals, Mandy Barnett, and Dean Miller.

Columbia Nashville newcomer Joanna Smith played a steady gig at Tootsie's for 4 years before she was discovered there. Pictured backstage at the Tootsie's anniversary show (L-R): Mel Tillis, Smith and Randy Houser

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Many of the same stars that celebrated Tootsie’s anniversary were honored Sunday afternoon with induction into the Music City Walk of Fame. They were recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers.

The eighth class of inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame, presented by founding sponsor Gibson Guitar, included Eddy Arnold, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bobby Hebb, Kris Kristofferson, Rascal Flatts and Mel Tillis.

Kris Kristofferson (L), and Little Jimmy Dickens (R)

Rascal Flatts

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