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Ronnie Milsap Weekend Report: Milsap's classic country, B.B.'s blues bonanza
Friday, November 12, 2010


With over 40 chart toppers, six Grammy Awards and twelve CMA Awards (including four "Male Vocalist of the Year" nods), Ronnie Milsap is one of the most decorated singer/songwriter/piano players in country music history. These days, he's splitting set lists between the hits ("Smoky Mountain Rain," "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World" and "Stranger in My House") and a recent album of rootsy hymns called Then Sings My Soul (EMI). (Worth a shot - Saturday at Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino- Michigan City, IN: www.bluechipcasino.com).

Earlier this fall, B.B. King turned 85, though anyone who's caught him during a solo show or appearing alongside Eric Clapton at a Crossroads Festival can attest to his ongoing vitality. Catch the famed bluesman in all his growling, B.B. Kingguitar-accompanied glory as he recalls a history that spans over six decades through 2008's Grammy Award winning comeback One Kind Favor (Geffen). (Bet your life - Tuesday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenuechicago.com).

In just four short years, Lady Antebellum went from one of Nashville's many country hopefuls to one of the genre's most familiar faces. Though the group's pop-infused sounds are certainly infectious, they come at the expense of watered down instrumentation and generic radio conventions, suggesting that the trio could be the next Rascal Flatts. (Fan club only - Thursday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.thechicagotheatre.com).
Elvis Presley Street Week: An Elvis upset, Neville in New Orleans
Monday, November 8, 2010


Taking cues from The Beatles' Love, which corresponded with the Fab Four's Cirque du Soleil production, the late great Elvis Presley earns yet another posthumous project (or perhaps more accurately, mere product) via Viva Elvis (RCA/Legacy). Under the production and arrangement of Erich van Tourneau, the King's original voice is merged with re-imagined versions of past hits, though without the subsequent aerial show, they seem like cheesy substitutes. "Suspicious Minds" is the only saving grace, coming across as a respectful remix under the helm of Brendan O'Brien, but by then it's too late to redeem this cash in that seems nothing short of suspicious.

Between touring 150 days a year and embarking on an ambitious online song diary (featuring a new cut for 365 consecutive days), Paleo is certainly passionate and prolific. Living out of his car and crashing on people's couches throughout Aaron Nevillethe past six years has certainly given the singer/songwriter a depth of experience, which makes it way onto the thirteen track journal A View Of The Sky (Partisan).

The idea of Aaron Neville tackling gospel music is nothing new, though this particular collection of covers marks the first since Hurricane Katrina ravaged his hometown. Nonetheless, the soulful crooner still sounds steadfast in his faith, even if those smoky pipes have thinned a bit now that he's knocking at the door of 70. Thankfully, production from fellow Crescent City legend Allen Toussaint helps add some gusto and additional authenticity to oldies but goodies like "Meetin' At The Building," "You've Got To Move" and "Oh Freedom," which would've been most applicable just after the storm (rather than five years later) but are nonetheless timeless despite the recording delay.

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