Tuesday, December 18, 2018
– With a new album out January, Ronnie Milsap announced today that he would start the 76 for 76 Tour at the Ryman in Nashville.
"My whole life, I've been a music man," said the six-time Grammy winning soulful country singer. "I am never happier than when I'm playing music, and I am the happiest when I'm playing music with - or for - people who love the songs as much I do."
Milsap is out with "Duets," an album pairing him with Kacey Musgraves, George Strait, Leon Russell, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Montgomery Gentry on Troy Gentry's final recorded performance and newcomer Jesse Key.
Milsap said some "Duets" partners would play the Ryman with him. "I promised my friends I was gonna keep it a secret," he said. "And if there's one thing I do, it's keep a secret. But I can tell you every single person who came in and sang on these songs tickled me with how much they loved the music.
"When you have a singer's singer like Kacey Musgraves inside 'There's No Getting Over Me,' or Luke Bryan bringing his whole heart to 'Stranger in My House,' let alone a good friend like Willie doing a brand new Mike Reid song or Dolly asking if she can write a verse to 'Smoky Mountain Rain' to make it ours, well, that's all you can ever ask of the songs. Mine have not only done me well, they've made a lot of people I love happy, too."
Tour dates are:
16 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Jan. 17 - Mayetta, KS - Prairie Band Casino & Resort - Great Lakes Ballroom
Jan. 18 - Stafford, TX - The Redneck Country Club
Jan. 19 - Bossier City, LA - Horseshoe Bossier City - The Riverdome
Jan. 27 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Country Music Cruise 2019
Jan. 28 - Key West, FL - Country Music Cruise 2019
Feb. 9 - Glasgow, KY - Plaza Theatre MOVE FROM PRIOR
Feb. 16 - Shelby, NC - Malcolm Brown Auditorium
Feb. 21 - Morgantown, WV - Metropolitan Brown Auditorium
Feb. 22 - Madisonville, KY - Glema Mahr Center For the Arts
Feb. 28 - Lexington, KY - Opera House
March 1 - Lorain, OH - Palace Theater
March 2 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theater
March 8 - Hinckley, MN - Grand Casino Hinkley
March 9 - Lac De Flambeau, WI - Lake Of The Torches Casino
March 22 - St. Louis, MO - River City Casino
March 24 - Austin, TX - Travis County Expo Center
April 4 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
April 5 - Beaumont, TX - Jefferson Theatre
April 6 - Texarkana, TX - PRIVATE Pleasant Grove
April 26 - Hopewell, VA - The Beacon Theatre
27 - Cincinnati, OH - JACK Casino - Event Center
May 3 - Eutis, FL - Lake County Fairgrounds Expo Center
May 10 - Quapaw, OK - Downstream Casino Resort
May 11 - Hinton, OK - Sugar Creek Casino
May 17 - Riverside, IA - Riverside Casino and Golf Resport
May 23 - Charenton, LA - Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel
More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.