One of the beautiful things about Nashville, Tennessee is that at almost every bar, there is always live music playing. Because many country artists live in the heart of Nashville, they often show up unannounced to play a song or two, or even a full set for unsuspecting bar-goers.
This lucky crowd at the famous honky tonk Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, which is across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium, was in for a treat back in 2007 when Hank Williams Jr. showed up unannounced to sing his iconic song "Family Tradition".
He began singing and the entire bar went wild and sang along to the famous tune. At one point, he crossed his arms, stepped away from the microphone and let the audience sing for him.
Tootsie's wasn't only famous because of surprise performances like this one, but it was a hugely popular bar for up and coming songwriters and singers back in the day.
According to their website, Tootsie's earliest clientele included Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Faron Young, Hank Cochran, Mel Tillis, Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline, and many more. The owner, Toostie Bess, used to poke unruly patrons with a hatpin given to her by Charley Pride. They also state that Nelson was offered his first songwriting gig after playing a show at Tootsie's.
Fans will remember this impromptu performance forever, as will we. Watch the once-in-a-lifetime performance below.
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