As you have probably noticed most of my blog entries are about contemporary commercial country artists or new up and comers. However, this time I wanted to share my most recent experience with “meeting” an artist that doesn’t fit into either of those categories to balance things out. Also, I am really excited I branched out and found someone who was an incredible artist, Keith Whitley.
Yeah, I know I’m late and should have already known about him but I’m new! Thanks to Amazon’s new feature Prime Music I downloaded a compilation of Keith’s. Otherwise I don’t know if I ever would have listened to his songs, it’s not like they’re everywhere you look.
His voice was absolutely amazing and definitely qualifies as being classified as “true country.” He just had THAT tone. Most of his output was recorded in the 80s but I don’t think the production of the songs I’ve heard sound cheesy and dated. Actually the only reason why his songs would sound dated is because there’s no hip hop present, and thank goodness.
Off the complication, the tracks that stand out the most are “Turn Me to Love,” “Brotherly Love,” “Some Old Side Road” and “Miami, My Amy.”
When referring to old school country most people mention Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and the like, but there was so much more talent out there. It’s a shame to think someone like Keith might get forgotten as time passes, but I’m very excited that I found Keith and can enjoy his music! You should do the same so pull out your old records or CDs and listen to Keith Whitley again.
Thank you Steven.