RONNIE MILSAP KICKS OFF 2019 76TH BIRTHDAY SHOW AT THE RYMAN

Six-time Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap is getting a serious start on his new year. Having just announced the first leg of his 76 for 76 Tour, the Southern soul country legend will play a birthday show at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium on January 16, where you never know which guests from his forthcoming album, the Duets, will show up.

“I’ve asked a few of my friends,” says the ever-coy musical force behind 40 #1s. “And I can’t name names, but there are a few folks who said they’d love to come be part of my party.” His January 18 release is quite the survey of Milsap’s vast musical reach. For the blind young man who got his start playing the R&B venues of the South, charting “Never So Had It Good” and getting career advice from Ray Charles who recorded the Top 5’s B-Side “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” reaching across generations and genres comes naturally. Whether it’s a frisky “No Gettin’ Over Me” with progressive genre-smearing songwriter Kacey Musgraves, an aching “Houston Solution” with hard country king George Strait, a lush reworking of “Lost in the 50s Tonight” featuring Little Big Town or rocking “Southern Boys and Detroit Wheels” with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Milsap is in his element. That joie du musique carries over to performances with four fellow Entertainers of the Year: Dolly Parton (a “Smoky Mountain Rain” redux, personalized to her own Appalachian heritage), Jason Aldean (a smoking “Prisoner of the Highway”). Luke Bryan (a steamy “Stranger in My House”) and Willie Nelson (Mike Reid’s brand new “A Woman’s Love.”)