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Milsap, Johnson, Greensky Bluegrass drop new music

Friday, January 18, 2019 – Ronnie Milsap, who is in the midst of celebrating his 76th birthday, is out with "The Duets."" The set features a series of recordings with the likes of Kacey Musgraves, George Strait, Willie Nelson and Jason Aldean. Milsap co-produced the 13 tracks with long-term collaborator Rob Galbraith.

Texas veteran country singer Cody Johnson is out with his major label debut, "Ain't Nothin' To It," on Warner. Johnson, 31, has released six albums on his own CoJo label. Johnson mines a more traditional country sound. The first single is "On My Way to You." Instead of writing all the songs, Johnson went to some of the top Nashville songwriters for the project, including Al Anderson and Chris Stapleton for "Honky Tonk Mood" and Brett James and Tony Lane for "On My Way to You." Johnson helped write two of the songs, including a live bonus track of "His Name is Jesus." He also covers Roger Miller's "Husbands And Wives." His last album, "Gotta Be Me," debuted at number two on Billboard's country chart.

Bluegrass-based band Greensky Bluegrass is out with "All for the Money" on its own Big Blue Zoo label. This is the Kalamazoo, Mich. Band's seven release. The band recorded the album in Asheville, N.C. with co-producers Dominic John Davis and Glenn Brown.

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Ronnie Milsap: The Duets CD review - Ronnie Milsap: The Duets
Is Ronnie Milsap proud of his age? For a clue, look no further than the name of his "76 for 76" Tour. There are some other numbers the North Carolina native is probably fond of, such as 40 number 1 records or 6 Grammys. Milsap's qualifications for the Country Music Hall of Fame were such a no-brainer they left electors with no brains. The injustice was rectified when Milsap was finally inducted in 2014. The primary hitmaking days are now a distant memory, but the blind piano man »»»
Summer Number Seventeen CD review - Summer Number Seventeen
Quick, what guy compiled 40 number one country singles, recorded with everybody from Ray Charles to Elvis, but has yet to be enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame? Yes, it's Ronnie Milsap, now in his 70s, just like Merle Haggard (who was inducted 20 years ago). Clearly, the ornery outlaws get more attention than the nice guy romantics. And it doesn't help that Milsap has always been interested in many different flavors of music, from '70s Philadelphia Soul to '50s doo-wop. »»»
Then Sings My Soul: 24 Favorite Hymns & Gospel Songs CD review - Then Sings My Soul: 24 Favorite Hymns & Gospel Songs
Ronnie Milsap's first gospel release and first album in 3 years is a double-disc set packing in 24 tracks with a far-reaching selection of songs. There are gospel standards (such as Peace In The Valley and Soon And Very Soon), classic hymns (like How Great Thou Art and Softly And Tenderly), a couple of re-worked secular songs (Ben E. King's Stand By Me and Milsap's own 1978 number 1 What A Difference You've Made In My Life) and a few new songs (World Of Wonder). »»»