On the 30th anniversary of his death, Keith Whitley will be celebrated with a concert in Nashville, featuring a cast of friends, family and fellow country greats.
The “Keith Whitley 30th Anniversary Memorial Concert” will be held Thursday, May 9 at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The show will be hosted by Lorrie Morgan — who was married to Whitley from 1986 until his death in 1989 — and their son, Jesse Whitley.
Performers include Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Darryl Worley, Tom Buller, Mark Chestnut, Larry Cordle, Caleb Daugherty, Kevin Denney, Wesley Dennis, Corey Farlow, Carl Jackson, Cory and Dustin Keefe and Mark Wills.
Tickets go sale on sale at 10 a.m. CT Friday, March 29 at cmatheater.com
The concert coincides with the May 3 opening of a Whitley exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Kentucky native released just two albums during his lifetime, including the No. 1 hits “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing at All” and “I’m No Stranger to the Rain.” He died May 9, 1989 at age 33 from alcohol poisoning.