On April 8, 1989, Keith Whitley went to #1 on the charts with “I’m No Stranger to the Rain.” I cannot believe that it has been 26 years since it was number 1. Keith Whitley has always been a big influence on a lot of singers with their performances and songwriting. With his influence and legacy left in the world of country music, I hope that one day that he is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He deserves a spot. He is already in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, so it is very fitting that he be included along the greats with the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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.