Born blind (his family thought it was retribution for sin), Ronnie Milsap’s grandparents gave the boy over to the North Carolina State School for the Blind hoping for a better chance. There, Milsap discovered music – deviating from the school’s classical curriculum to explore the nascent realms of race music, rock & roll and jazz. In a world of marketing match-ups, the Duets is an homage to blurring lines, great songwriting and vocals that celebrate soul over product – something rare in today’s flashcard jingle country. Ronnie Milsap is a testament to going where you don’t belong with an open heart and a true sense of music as compass. He’s the same guy today, but all these years later, he’s still a man who lives to play. And man, can he tell a story.