And Lorrie Morgan
Country To The
March 5, 2019
Two legends of The Grand Ole Opry, Lorrie Morgan and Ronnie Milsap, took the stage at Lorain Palace Theater last Saturday night for an evening of old-school, good-time, Country music.
Morgan was first up and played a great forty-five minute set. The 59 year-old was looking fit in her bedazzled pink jacket and matching bedazzled pink pants. Her voice was also on point as she sang several songs that hit the charts like “Except Monday” and “Watch Me.”.
For the third song, she strapped on a bedazzled acoustic guitar and played a song that she said she originally sang backup on, that song was George Jones’ “A Picture Of Me (Without You).”
Morgan is out supporting her latest release, Letting You Go Slow and she played the title track from that album in the middle of the set.
A surprise cover of The Beach Boys tune “Don’t Worry Baby” sounded fantastic as her backup singers did a great job with the harmonies.
Her set ended with another great cover of “Ode To Billy Joe” and her own hit “Something In Red.”
Then it was time for the headliner. Ronnie Milsap is a six-time Grammy Award winner, and the owner of thirty-five number one Country hits and really has nothing else to prove.
After the first two songs, “Prisoner Of The Highway” and “Any Day Now,” Milsap noted that his son had just passed away. He said that “He would have wanted me to be out here playing for you” so it was on with the show.
Because he has so many hit songs, Milsap played a nine song medley of some of his biggest songs that included, “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World,” “There’s No Getting Over Me,” “Where Do The Nights Go” and “Losing You.”
His talented female backup singer and guitarist got to take center stage and sing lead on Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Looking At Country” and Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
Milsap then came out from behind the piano and sat center stage to sing two of his favorite cover songs, “But Not For Me” and “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning.”
Throughout the show there was comedic banter between Ronnie and his guitarist to keep the mood light. Milsap’s voice may not be as strong as it once was, but the chance to see and hear a country legend was well worth the price of admission.
The show came to a close with a few more number one hits including “Lost In The Fifties Tonight (In The Still Of The Night)” and “Smoky Mountain Rain.”
Review by Greg Drugan