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Ronnie Milsap, Danielle Peck and Cledus T. Judd Concert
Review by Jolene Downs

It may have been mid October with snow on the ground up north, but in Ocoee, Florida it was a sunny 85 degrees and the fans were packed on the lawn ready for the concert. On October 21, Ocoee was celebrating Founder's Day and they had local crafts, rides for the kids, all kinds of great food, a classic car show and of course great entertainment. The entertainment started mid afternoon with local talent acts and worked up to Nashville recording artists Cledus T. Judd, Danielle Peck and headliner Ronnie Milsap.

Cledus T. Judd followed a local celebrity, the singing weatherman from Fox 35 News, Jim Van Fleet. Jim has a great sound and it was easy to see why he is a popular opening act around Florida. Judd hit the stage dressed casually in a red t-shirt, visor, sunglasses and red camouflage shorts. He had the audience laughing with his great parodies of top country hits. "How do You Milk a Cow" is a fun twist to Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now" and "My Cellmate Thinks I'm Sexy" twists the Kenny Chesney song "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy." Cledus was onstage for about 30 minutes and his easy audience rapport is part of what makes him one of Tampa's favorite radio DJ's when he isn't on the road.

Danielle Peck hit the stage in a gray t-shirt, jeans and heels after meeting and taking photos with several of her fans. She is promoting her new album on Big Machine Records and performed several songs off of that album including her latest single, "Isn't That Everything." She also did several covers during her show including Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad." Danielle is a fun personality who enjoys talking with her audience. She closed her 30 minute set with "Finding A Good Man."

Show headliner Ronnie Milsap hit the stage to a standing room only crowd screaming their appreciation. He was in his trademark Western shirt, jeans and boots. Throughout the evening the lawn and reserved seating section had been slowly filling as the time for his portion of the show neared. It was very clear who the majority of the crowd had come to see and Ronnie didn't disappoint. He opened his show with one of his 40 #1 Hits, "Prisoner of the Highway." With so many hits to choose from you never know what you will hear at his shows. That night we heard "Woman in Love," "Snap Your Fingers," "Any Day Now," "Smokey Mountain Rain," "Lost in the Fifties," "Stranger in My House" and a medley of hits that included "I Wouldn't Have Missed it For the World, Pure Love, Almost Like A Song and Stand By My Woman Man." And through it all Ronnie talked with the audience about different things. One of his many influences in music was Patsy Cline, and band member Rhonda Hampton came front and center to sing "Walking After Midnight." He also recorded with Elvis and can be heard playing piano on "Kentucky Rain." Elvis must have been listening because that was his cue to make it onstage for a fun back and forth banter with Ronnie with some great one liners that had the audience laughing before they did a duet on "All Shook Up." Ronnie left the stage after an hour set to cheers and yells and the evening finished with a great fireworks show over the lake.

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