At age 33, Keith Whitley’s life was dramatically cut short due to a constant battle with alcohol, however his legacy lives on through many of the country music stars of today. Perhaps none more inspired by Keith than Chris Young.
Chris has been very vocal about his love for Keith, he even bought Keith’s old guitar, which he played for the very first time back in 2011 at the Grand Ole Opry. He covered Keith’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” about as well as you’ll ever hear it.
However, he’s covered Keith on more than one occasion at the Grand Ole Opry. A few years back, he delivered another impressive performance of a Keith Whitley tune, the iconic “When You Say Nothing At All.”
He may be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten.
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