Keith Whitley’s family tree grows

Sunday evening, a new addition to the Keith Whitley lineage was welcomed into the world. Jackie Keith “Tuff” Whitley was born to Jesse Keith Whitley and his wife Ashlee Hewitt Whitley. Jackie is the grandson of legendary country music singers Lorrie Morgan and Kentucky native Keith Whitley. The baby boy was named after Keith Whitley, whose full name was Jackie Keith Whitley.

Jesse Keith Whitley made the baby announcement via Facebook by stating, “As of 5:46 pm I am now the PROUD father of Jackie Keith “Tuff” Whitley!!!!!”

Country music newcomer, Eric Lee Beddingfield offered his congrats to the family via his Facebook. His latest status included a photo with the caption, “Y’all say hello to my Godson “Jackie Keith Whitley” aka Tuff. He was born tonight as a big storm blew thru Nashville! Just like his granddaddy, he’s no stranger to the rain!!!”

Jesse Keith Whitley and Ashlee Hewitt wed on March 10 in Lancaster, Minn. Jesse Keith Whitley’s latest single, “Saving Amy,” was written by hit singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert. Hewitt was a contestant on season six of the hit television series, “Nashville Star.” She currently sings backup for Lorrie Morgan.

Jessica Blankenship

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, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more.  Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.

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