|Posted on May 22, 2009 at 3:31 PM|
Hank Williams Jr. recently visited country music’s most famous watering hole, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on lower Broadway in Nashville. He was in town to accompany his daughter Holly Williams to her appearance on Opry Classics’ Families in Country Music Night.
Hank Jr. wowed the crowd by performing a rowdy rendition of his popular anthem “Family Tradition” under the watchful eyes of his legendary father – the portrait of Hank Williams Sr. that hangs reverently over the stage. Williams took a break to sit in the famous front booth and sip on whiskey and Miller Lite while he playfully interacted with fans in the packed honky-tonk.
Hank Sr. was a regular of the bar way back when it was simply known as “Mom’s.” He, Patsy Cline, and other famous country singers of the era used the back room as a green room during and after their appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, just 37 steps away, which is now the Ryman Auditorium. Many make claim that Hank Sr. still haunts the front stage of Tootsie’s today.