Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Celebrates 59th Birthday With Brantley Gilbert, Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice  & More [Photo Gallery]

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Celebrates 59th Birthday With Brantley Gilbert, Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice & More [Photo Gallery]

Nashville’s legendary watering hole, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, celebrated its 59th birthday on Oct. 9 with a free outdoor show that featured performance by Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice, Terri Clark and more—and, by “more,” we mean golfer John Daly and actor Johnny Galecki.

John Daly performs “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”—photo by NCD

Over the years, Tootsie’s has served as a songwriting refuge for a bevy of maverick tunesmiths like Willie Nelson, Harlan Howard, Roger Miller and Kris Kristofferson. Nowadays, country buffs from all generations flock there to take in the music, the photographs that dot the walls and the suds-soaked ambience. You may even see an impromptu performance from an artist like Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Dierks Bentley or Hank Williams, Jr.

Check out some photographs from Tootsie’s 59th birthday bash, courtesy of photog Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com.

main photos by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter