In honor of the late great Kentucky native, Keith Whitley, a special 30th anniversary memorial concert has been announced in Nashville. The Keith Whitley memorial concert will be held at the CMA Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, March 29, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. central time.
Lorrie Morgan (Keith Whitley’s widow), along with Jesse Keith Whitley (Keith’s son), and Chris Keefe are hosting the event. Scheduled to perform are many musicians influenced greatly by the music of Keith Whitley. The event will feature Caleb Daugherty, Carl Jackson, Corey Keefe, Darryl Worley, Dustin Keefe, Dylan Scott, Garth Brooks, Jesse Whitley, Joe Diffie, Kevin Denney, Larry Cordle, Mark Chesnutt, Mark Wills, Randy Hayes, Tom Buller, Tracy Lawrence, Trisha Yearwood, and Welsey Dennis.
The Keith Whitley 30th Anniversary Memorial Concert coincides with the tradition of riding motorcyles from Keith’s hometown of Sandy Hook, KY at his bronze statue down to Nashville to Spring Hill Cemetery at his final resting place. The event has been occuring yearly for over 20 years in June. After the ride, a concert would be held in his honor at Nashville Palace. This year’s Keith Whitley Memorial Bike Ride will happen June 28-30th, 2019. More info on the motorcycle ride can be found here – www.facebook.com/Keith-Whitley-Memorial-Bike-Ride-970180939666786/
Keith Whitley released four solo albums before passing away at the age of 33. Prior to his country music career, he performed bluegrass with Dr. Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs for years. His musical influence lives on in many as they continue to sing his songs and talk about his music.
For more information on the concert and to purchase tickets, visit https://cmatheater.com/
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.