Black River Entertainment hosted a celebration at Ronnie’s Place Studio in Nashville for Ronnie Milsap’s 72nd birthday on Friday, Jan. 16. Guests were welcomed into the very studio that Milsap and several other Country legends have recorded music. The recently renovated space has been preserved to keep the unique atmosphere and vibe that is home to the recordings of many. Black River Entertainment CEO Gordon Kerr sat with Milsap over a year ago to get his consent on officially naming it “Ronnie’s Place.” According to Kerr, Milsap was excited about the honor but had just one request. “He wanted to sit in the studio and hear his music coming from the speakers inside the studio,” says Kerr. “Once we played it for him, he was good.”
Kerr welcomed the attendees by saying that the celebration was not only for Milsap’s birthday, but for the countless hours of music that has been made at that studio. He then presented Milsap with a plaque commemorating all the hits he recorded there, with each title written in brail.
As Milsap ran his fingers across the plaque, he named a few songs that were included and proceeded to express how great it was to be back at “Ronnie’s Place.” He thanked Kerr and his staff and expressed love to those in attendance, which included several of his family members.
Also on hand were members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Starting Feb. 6, 2015, the exhibit “Ronnie Milsap: A Legend In My Time” will be featured and will run through August 2015.