My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Keith Whitley the Songwriter

In addition to being an exceptional vocalist, Keith Whitley was also a very accomplished songwriter. He didn’t record very many of his own songs, but a handful of them went on to become hits for other people. Here’s a sample of some of the songs he wrote or co-wrote:

Looking For The Stone — Tim & Mollie O’Brien

I Love You Enough To Let You Go — Chely Wright

It’s All Coming Back To Me Now — Keith Whitley

9 responses to “Keith Whitley the Songwriter

  1. Occasional Hope May 25, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Nice collection – I’d have liked to hear Keith’s own version of Hopelessly Yours in particular, because the phrasing seems very reminiscent of his style.

  2. CMW May 25, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Those interested in Whitley’s songwriting should check out the 1995 collection Wherever You Are Tonight, which features ten songs all (co)written and performed by Whitley… and all unreleased until their appearance on that disc, if I’m not mistaken. It’s a bit of an obscure gem, worth seeking out for Whitley completists.

  3. Michael May 26, 2009 at 1:05 am

    I consider “There’s a New Kid In Town” to be a modern day Christmas classic along the lines of Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Mary, Did You Know? I believe George Strait and Trisha Yearwood also covered it.

    • Razor X May 26, 2009 at 11:43 am

      Alan Jackson and Kathy Mattea both recorded it. Yearwood did a cover of the similarly-titled Eagles song “New Kid In Town” on the Common Thread tribute album. I’m not sure if Trisha recorded this particular song or not.

      • Michael May 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm

        Just double checked and it is on her Christmas disc, The Sweetest Gift. However, the Eagles cover was also excellent!

        • Razor X May 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm

          I’ll have to check that out at the end of the year. I imagine that she really nails that song.

        • Leeann Ward May 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm

          Ha, Razor, why wait until the end of the year?:)

          I remember winning Whitley’s Whever You Are Tonight on cassette back when it first came out. I don’t have the tape anymore, but I actually remember liking it.

        • Michael May 26, 2009 at 5:25 pm

          She does. Thanks for the heads up on Kathy Mattea and Alan Jackson’s versions. I had forgotten about those! 🙂

  4. Erik May 26, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Trisha’s version of “There’s A New Kid In Town” is arguably one of the greatest Christmas songs ever.

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