Ronnie Milsap is heading out on one final tour, as a farewell to his loyal fans. The 71-year-old, whose career has spanned more than four decades, kicked off his last shows over the weekend, with dates extending into next year.

"You get to a place where you still have your health, but you know it's not given," Milsap explains (quote via All Access Music Group). "I've been blessed with so many great songs, so many wonderful memories and stories -- and some of the very best fans in the business. Before I get to a place where it's not a celebration of the music, I want to go out and play all these hits for the people who love them as much as I do."

Milsap was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year, along with songwriter Hank Cochran and bluegrass star Mac Wiseman.

“Thanks to my family for being by me all the time and making all this so much fun," Milsap said during his induction. "I love you all. Thank you so much for having me in the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s a true honor.”

Legacy Recordings released a collection featuring all of the North Carolina native's albums with RCA Records in November.

“The idea that all the music I made for RCA will be available in one place thrills me,” Milsap says of the 21-record collection. “It is my life’s work. These songs and the record I made are a big piece of who I am -- and the people who loved them.”

Purchase the collection here.

Milsap kicked off his farewell tour with a show at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Nov. 29. See all of his upcoming shows here.

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