WXII reports, through CNN, some of Gavin DeGraw’s favorite Nashville spots. Including Tootsie’s!
From the article:
ootsies Orchid Lounge This Broadway honky tonk is also a DeGraw favorite. “This place has so much history. So many of the legendary country artists have performed and hung out at Tootsies … Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller, Patsy Cline,” says DeGraw.
Tootsies, like Robert’s Western World, holds a place in Nashville honky-tonk history. Legend has it that original owner Tootsie Bess used to slip $5 and $10 bills to struggling songwriters and that she kept a box of IOU’s behind the counter to make sure that they could drink and eat as well. At the end of each year a group of Grand Ole Opry performers would come and pay the IOU tab so Tootsie wasn’t out the money.