Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, "Ronnie Milsap: The Duets," to be released Friday, just two days after his 76th birthday.
Grand Ole Opry gives rare salute to soul genius Ray Charles
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As an impoverished blind child in Florida, Ray Charles grew up listening to the country and western stars on the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. That music of his childhood stayed close to his heart for the rest of his career, and it was his landmark two-volume set, "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music," that changed country music in the '60s.
A legend plays on: Ronnie Milsap makes a stop at the Palace Theatre
Ronnie Milsap, who performs at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg on April 6, once was asked which he would choose, given an option between his sight and his musical talent.
"Well, there's no question about that," Milsap, blind since birth, replied. "I wouldn't trade something that brings such joy and pleasure to people, and brings me such pleasure, and lets me feel so much love from so many people. Music is my life, and there's no way in the world I'd trade it for anything."
Pict Classic Theatre's "Jane Eyre," April 5-28, WQED Fred Rogers Studio, Oakland. picttheatre.org
Pittsburgh Musical Theater's "Titanic," April 5-8, New Hazlett. pittsburghmusicals.com
Robin Trower, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org
Chris Higbee, Lamp Theatre, Irwin. lamptheatre.org
Pittsburgh Symphony's Beethoven Concerto Cycle: No. 1, April 6 and 8, Heinz Hall, Downtown. 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org
A look back at country music history >>>
1959 - Born on this day, was Larry Stewart, country music singer, best known for his role as lead singer of the country pop band Restless Heart.
1962 - Born on this day in Meridian, Mississippi, was Ty Herndon, country music singer who scored the 1995 US #1 hit single “What Mattered Most”
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1943 - Born on this day in Corinth, Mississippi was Bobby Emmons who as a songwriter wrote hits for George Strait ("So Much Like My Dad"), Waylon Jennings ("Luckenbach, Texas," "Women Do Know How to Carry On" and "Wurlitzer Prize") and Tanya Tucker ("Love Me Like You Used To"). Emmons who was a member of Bill Black's Combo from 1960-63 died on February 23rd 2015
Nebraska State Fair opens for 11-day summer run
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair opens Friday for its 11-day run.
It's the eighth state fair in Grand Island since the fair moved from Lincoln. Executive director Joseph McDermott told The Grand Island Independent that what makes this year special is Nebraska celebrating its 150th year of statehood. That anniversary will be celebrated during opening weekend
Nebraska State Fair set to open with new events, concerts
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair is set to open with a host of new events and attractions.
The 148th annual fair begins at 10 a.m. Friday and will continue through Sept. 4 in Grand Island.
Attendance has grown consistently every year since the fair moved from Lincoln to Grand Island in 2010, except for 2014, when severe weather reduced turnout on Labor Day weekend. Last year's fair attracted more than 361,000 people, up from about 352,000 the prior year.
Vern Gosdin, 3 others to join Nashville Songwriters Hall
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The late country singer and songwriter Vern Gosdin, as well as veteran songwriters Jim McBride, Walt Aldridge and Tim Nichols, will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this fall.
The hall of fame announced Wednesday the four will be inducted during a ceremony Oct. 23.
Today's country history >>>
1953 – Bill Monroe suffers 19 broken bones in a head-on collision on Highway 31 near White House, Tennessee
1982 – Ronnie Milsap sits at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World"
1993 – Johnny Cash made his first guest appearance in the series Dr Quinn Medicine Woman… Patty Loveless performs on the Grand Ole Opry. It's her first Opry appearance since undergoing vocal surgery
Art & Museum
Pearson Lakes Art Center: Artisans Road Trip Group Exhibition, through Nov. 27; Day of the Dead Exhibition, through Nov. 27; Connie Herring, through Jan. 21, 2201 Highway 71 N., Okoboji, Iowa.
Sioux City Art Center: Grant Wood, through Dec. 4, 225 Nebraska St.
Commerce Connection artist open house, 4-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 520 Nebraska St. Free.
Mannheim Steamroller, 8 p.m. Friday at Orpheum. Tickets $47.50-$67.50.