December 6th, 2013 at 11:17 am
[Update at 2:43 p.m. — This show has been postponed. The show has been moved to 4 p.m. Jan. 12]
When Ronnie Milsap thinks about Christmas, he doesn’t think about childhood memories. Instead, he fondly recalls more recent Christmases, spent around his family and friends in Tennessee.
He also remembers his love of singing Christmas songs. That’s what brings him out for a tour that will stop at the Walton Arts Center on Sunday (Dec. 8).
He and his band will perform a series of Christmas songs — and a number of his country hits — during the concert. It starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$55.
Milsap, blind since a very young age, had a musical aptitude even as a child. He learned to sing and play piano, and he spent years as a studio musician before finding mainstream solo success. He would land 40 singles at the top of various country music charts, including “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “(I’m a) Stand By My Woman Man” and “Lost in the Fifties Tonight.”
Milsap chatted with me recently about Christmas, his country music career and his forthcoming album, called “Summer Number 17.” That album was inspired by a 21-year-old songwriter, Milsap says. He discussed other topics with me too, and you can read the story in Friday’s What’s Up! section. [Note: Subscriber content]
As of the time of this posting, the concert remains on the schedule. If weather conditions change that, we’ll let you know.