Dozens of luminaries will be on hand Tuesday evening for the event at Bridgestone Arena in Music City
Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap will be the guest of honor Tuesday evening at what’s being billed as his final Nashville performance, a once-in-a-lifetime event where a star-studded lineup of luminaries will pay tribute to the living legend’s 50-plus year career, his extraordinary catalog, and his lasting influence on country music.
Among the luminaries who will take the stage at Bridgeport Area to celebrate Milsap and sing some of his greatest hits: Trace Adkins, Ricky Skaggs, Steven Curtis Chapman, Ray Stevens, Pam Tillis, The Gatlin Brothers, Hunter Hayes, Mark Wills, The McCrary Sisters, Los Lonely Boys and Elizabeth Cook.
But wait, there’s more: Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery, Tracy Lawrence, Randy Houser, Sara Evans, Lorrie Morgan, Neal McCoy, BRELAND, Phil Vassar, Terri Clark, The Band of Heathens, Charlie McCoy — and surprise guests yet to be announced. Sixwire will serve as the house band.
Our senior writer Joe Leydon will be on hand to post his impressions of the concert on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, for C&I.
“I’m so excited about my last show in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena and the amazing lineup of artists,” Milsap said in a prepared statement. “This night will be so special for me and all the fans. I love Nashville and the amazing career my fans have given me. ‘I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.’”
“This is going to be a great show. There are so many artists. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Milsap, who celebrated his 80th birthday at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this year, insists that, even though Tuesday’s concert will be his final Nashville performance, he has no immediate plans to retire. Indeed, he currently is at work on a new album set for release in early 2024. In terms of performing and recording, he’s cutting back — but not checking out.
"I'm not gonna retire,” he told Taste of Country. “I'm just gonna quit!”
But before he does, “We're gonna keep doing it 'til I can't do it anymore.”