Turning out show posters since 1879, Hatch Show Print is hands-down the oldest working poster print shop in the United States. The shop’s main area is a massive open room with 132 years worth of colorfully designed, vintage, handmade posters looking down from the walls at the thousands of visitors the business welcomes each year. The parts of the wall that aren’t covered in posters are lined to the ceiling with drawers and shelves housing the hundreds of letters and hand-carved images that are used to complete a poster’s design.
Every poster is then hand rolled through the press as many times as there are colors in the design. It’s said that putting up show posters that aren’t individually hand-made is bad luck for the artist – helping the tradition and turn-of-the-century style of Hatch Show Print stay alive and well. Their designs still mainly focus on country musicians with recent work having been done for Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood, but they’ve also created posters for the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and The Beastie Boys as well as Nike and Jack Daniel’s. As the Hatch Brothers once said, “Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms.”
If you plan on visiting Nashville and happen know anyone whose spent some time in the famous Tennessee town – ask them to recommend you the best spot to grab a drink and get a taste of the city’s nightlife. Chances are they’ll send you to Tootsie’s. A Nashville staple dating all the way to 1960, Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge has seen some of the most famous country musicians on the planet pass through its doors in the 50-plus years since singer Tootsie Bess bought and renamed the already purple-painted establishment after her favorite flower.
Boasting a legendary list of early patrons the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young, Hank Cochran, Waylon Jennings and Patsy Cline, Tootsie’s is even reputed to have launched the career of Willie Nelson after one of his performances at the bar. Showing no signs of slowing down in the new millennium, the line to get into Tootsie’s for some live music had already stretched halfway down the block by 10:30 p.m. on Friday night. The place was still packed and the live music still pumping when we visited again at 10:30 a.m. the next morning.