March 3, 2010 -- Superstar Kenny Chesney surprised patrons at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge last night when he and rock icon, Steve Miller, gave an impromptu performance at the legendary Lower Broadway honky-tonk in Nashville. Insiders say that Chesney begged Miller to play at Tootsie's as it's extremely rare for the classic rocker to perform at bars. Word on the street spread fast as the always-bustling bar and live music venue quickly filled to capacity. Spirited fans sang along to every word of the Steve Miller Band classic hits including "Fly Like an Eagle," "Keep On Rockin' Me Baby," "Jet Airliner," and "Abracadabra," among others. Chesney then led the crowd in singing happy birthday to Tootsie's, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Earlier in the evening, Chesney and Miller shared the stage across the back alley from Tootsie's at the Ryman Auditorium for a live taping of the hit CMT series, CMT CROSSROADS. CMT CROSSROADS: THE STEVE MILLER BAND and KENNY CHESNEY will premiere later this year on CMT.
Photo by Bev Moser