NC native Ronnie Milsap at Carolina Theatre in Durham
Six Grammys, eight CMA awards, 40 Number One hits and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is not a bad career for a blind pianist from rural Robbinsville, N.C. But responding to encouragement long ago from the great Ray Charles, Ronnie Milsap set out to craft a style that incorporated pop, R&B and rock with country music. Like esteemed Tarheel musician, Doc Watson, Milsap attended the Governor Moorehead School for the Blind in Raleigh. He released his first single in 1963, and his recording of Kris Kristofferson’s “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends” won him his first Grammy Award in 1974. One of Nashville’s most popular artists, Milsap continues to record and tour. He’ll perform his hits and more Saturday at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. Get more info at carolinatheatre.org.
- More than 25 years have passed since “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” graced the top of the country chart. But Kathy Mattea continues to record and perform songs of and for the heart. On Wednesday, Mattea will perform “Songs and the Season at the Carolina Theatre.
- Thursday, the ever-popular Duke LaCrosse and Pinky Wyoming will hold forth with a Christmas program at Blue Note Grill. More about the Pinky & Duke show at thebluenotegrill.com.