Randy Houser, Montgomery Gentry, and Jon Pardi Headlining 60th Anniversary for Iconic Nashville Honky-Tonk Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

by Taylor Cunningham

Hey Nashville Outsiders. What are you doing on October 5th? If you have plans, ditch them because Tootsies is having a 60th birthday party with Randy Houser, Montgomery Gentry, and Jon Pardi. And the star-studded celebration is absolutely free.

You read that right. One of the most iconic honky-tonks on Broadway Street is turning 60. For anyone who doesn’t know, the building has some major history. Almost all of the biggest country stars have graced its stage throughout the past six decades. And it’s one of those Nashville spots where people can catch world-famous stars doing surprise pop-up concerts.

The world-famous watering hole throws a bash every year. But in 2020, it had to cancel the party because of COVID. So this year they’re making it extra special with Montgomery Gentry and a few other major headliners. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?

“Tootsie’s Birthday Bash has become one of the most highly-anticipated annual events on lower Broadway. Each year it gets bigger and better,” said Tootsie’s owner Steve Smith in a press release. “Many artists started at Tootsie’s, and having them come back year after year is a great honor to the legacy and memory of Tootsie Bess! Everyone should come out and experience that magic on our birthday!”

The headliners will be joined by Jelly Roll, Colt Ford, Chase Rice, and Mitch Rossell. The press release also mentioned that there will be some “surprise appearances,” which means any of country music’s biggest names could show. So if you’re in the area, you should plan on going to the birthday bash. After all, it is free.

Montgomery Gentry Will Play At Tootsies As a Solo Act

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry formed the famous duo called Montgomery Gentry during the late 90s. They broke into the industry and dominated country radio with fifteen top-ten hits. The group showed no signs of slowing down, and we thought the band would last through the ages like other iconic singers such as Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire. But in 2017, Montgomery Gentry’s fame was cut short when Troy tragically died in a helicopter crash.

After taking some time to mourn, Eddie Montgomery decided to move forward as a solo artist. And he chose to debut his solo career with an emotional single entitled Alive and Well. Eddie’s lyrics are about navigating through his pain after losing his longtime friend and Montgomery Gentry bandmate. Listen to it here.

In a press statement, Eddie said, “This was a hard song to write, but it’s one that I thought so many could relate to. I hope friends and fans take away a renewed sense of gratefulness for the life they live.”