Reprinted from yesterday's late edition
Ronnie Milsap doesn't need to play at Cellar Door. As country music's 1978 "Entertainer of the Year" and frequent winner of awards as country music's male singer of the year he is more accustomed to concerts and television performances.
But Milsap continues to expand his audience and last night's final shows at the Cellar Door were an opportunity to see the singer in an intimate setting.
Milsap has one of the finer and more easily recognizable voices in country music. His tunes are for the most part up-tempo, though slower ballads may well be his particular strength.
The well-chosen material reflects the open and obvious sentimentality that delineates much of the country style. That was brought home Wednesday night by the early medley of "I'm a Stand By My Woman Man/What Goes on When the Sun Goes Down/I'm Having Daydreams About Night Things in the Middle of the Afternoon. "Every one of them was a hit, and the titles say it all.
Milsap's profiency on the piano came through during a segment where he paid homage to roots and past experiences - Elvis, Fats Domino, The Platters, Jerry Lewis, the blues.