I spend what’s probably an unhealthy amount of time watching Keith Whitley performances on YouTube.
I’ve said before that if he hadn’t tragically passed away in 1989, I firmly believe Keith Whitley would be the biggest name in country music – and maybe in country music history. I mean, just look at all that he accomplished in his short career.
So when I was doing my regular viewing of Keith Whitley videos online recently, a recommended video popped up that caught my attention.
It was a cover of Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan‘s “Til a Tear Becomes A Rose” by up-and-coming superstar Hannah Dasher, and Jimmy Lykens, who along with releasing his own music and playing in Hannah’s band, has also toured with names like Jake Owen and is just all-around one of the most talented musicians you’ll ever find.
And this cover didn’t disappoint.
Originally recorded by Leon Everette and released in 1985, “Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” is best known as a single from Keith Whitley’s posthumous greatest hits album from July 1990. Whitley’s duet with his wife Lorrie Morgan peaked at #13 on the charts, and won the CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year.
And Hannah and Jimmy sure did them proud on their version, released as a duet in 2020.
I’ve said before that Hannah’s one of the best kept secrets in Nashville right now, and once the word finally gets out she’s going to be unstoppable.
And when she teams up with people as talented as Jimmy Lykens, it’s magic like this that we all get to enjoy.
And of course, here’s the original from Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan: