NASHVILLE – Keith Whitley.
To this day there’s just still something about – Keith Whitley. His voice. His lyrics. His depth. It’s all a testament to real country music, to storytelling to — a feeling.
If you’re a country music fan, I don’t need to explain it to you. You get it.
Hundreds of people gathered this past weekend for The 26th Annual Keith Whitley Memorial Bike Ride. Country star, Lorrie Morgan, was married to Keith when he died of alcoholism in 1989, and she took the lead bike as the group traveled past the couple’s former home and stopped by his gravesite. Their son, Jessie Keith Whitley, also spent the day honoring his father.
“Not a day goes by that Keith Whitley is not either on my mind or I’m singing a Keith Whitley song or talking to him,” Lorrie shared with me before the ride.
Country star Darryl Worley brought his wife and his decked out Kendall Johnson motorcycle out for the ride. The singer strummed a guitar as friends gathered around Keith’s grave.
“I’m the biggest Keith Whitley fan ever,” Darryl said before taking off on the memorial journey. “As a by product of all this I just started listening to music again especially Whitley. It just blesses me. It calms me and puts me in a better place.”
People from all over the world came to Nashville to remember the singer, then enjoyed a concert series in his honor.
After the ride, a sold out crowd enjoyed a concert series that also honored the singer.
For me, it was an honor to be surrounded by folks who genuinely love country music and who feel it the same way.