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The CNB Center is pleased to welcome Ronnie Milsap to the Central National Bank Center Sunday, September 23. Tickets are $69, $49, & $39. Tickets can be purchased at the CNB Center box office, by phone at 855.TIX.ENID, or online at CNBCenter.com.
For an additional $20, you can have dinner at the CNB Center before the concert. Dinner is served between 5-6 pm.
About Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap has used pop, rock and R&B elements to test country’s borders, and did so in a way that connected fiercely with the music-buying public, as he compiled 40 #1 country hits. Milsap’s sales accrued eight gold albums; his Greatest Hits made him one of the first acts in any genre to obtain double-platinum status after the RIAA introduced the multi-platinum honor in 1984.
Milsap helped establish the boundaries for what country could be – then pushed them further, most notably in his rockin’ 1983 single “Stranger In My House.” Milsap had guitarist Bruce Dees infuse bits of Grand Funk’s classic-rock landmark “We’re An American Band” into the solo section, a risky, envelope-busting decision that had many radio stations of the time balking.
Time would prove Milsap’s artistic judgment to be correct. Even resistant stations eventually added it; “Stranger” won a Best Country Song Grammy for songwriter Mike Reid, and music fans – most of whom care little about creative boxes – responded enthusiastically.
All of Milsap’s trend-setting history as a music maker enlightens in his album Summer #17. Co-produced with longtime associate Rob Galbraith and Richard Landis, it incorporates the most important genres among his musical influences – country, pop and R&B – closing with “Lost In The Fifties Tonight,” reprising his award-winning 1985 #1 that successfully knitted a nostalgic doo-wop storyline with what was then considered a boundary-challenging ballad sound. Mandy Barnett, known for her frequent and critically acclaimed theatrical portrayals of Hall of Famer Patsy Cline, provides a strong female vocal partner on two tracks, including a remake of the Stylistics’ “You Make Me Feel Brand New.”