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Little Jimmy Dickens, Randy Houser Celebrate Southwest Airlines’s Newest Connection

Fans of the world famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, have something new to celebrate. Southwest Airlines is now offering non-stop flights between Nashville and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, bridging the gap between its Nashville and Panama City Beach locations. To celebrate, Country stars Randy Houser and Little Jimmy Dickens led a group from Nashville to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight from Nashville on Sunday, May 23. 
Upon landing, Houser, Dickens, and Butch Spyridon, President of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a representation of Tootsie's Nashville, were welcomed at the Southwest gate by media and Dan Rowe, President/CEO of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. Everyone then arrived at Tootsie’s Pier Park, exiting super-stretch limousines onto a purple carpet in front of a crowd of fans. Portraits of Houser and Dickens were then unveiled and hung above the entrance to the packed honky-tonk. After signing numerous autographs and posing for photos, Houser jumped on stage and played a couple of songs for the enthusiastic crowd. 
Houser, whose sophomore album, They Call Me Cadillac, will be released Tuesday, Sept. 14 on Show Dog-Universal Music, said, "We songwriters love to get near the water. And Southwest just made it a whole lot easier for us in Country Music, and the whole Nashville community, to jump down here as quickly as we can."

Spyridon added, “I’m here to remind everyone that the flight goes both ways and look forward to having the fine folks from the beautiful northwest Florida beaches visiting us in Music City.”