Dylan Scott Pays Tribute To Keith Whitley On ‘An Old Memory’ EP

Some of Dylan Scott‘s earliest childhood memories include riding in the car with his father, and listening to music from the late Keith Whitley. Today, Scott released An Old Memory—A Tribute To Keith Whitley, a project that finds Scott paying homage to Whitley’s influence by covering seven of his signature hits, such as “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” and “I’m Over You.”

Though country fans know Scott for the more pop-country oriented sounds of his chart-topping hit “My Girl,” he comes by his love of classic country music honestly. Not only did his father regularly listen to country traditionalists such as Whitley, he was also a guitarist for country artists including Freddie Hart and Freddy Fender.

When Scott signed his recording contract with Curb Records, it was his cover of Whitley’s “Between an Old Memory and Me” that caught the label’s attention.

“When I first came to Nashville, I met a guy named Charlie Craig, and I had no idea who he was,” Scott says. “I started writing with him only to soon discover that he was a co-writer on ‘Between an Old Memory and Me.’ Shortly thereafter, I recorded a demo of that song which eventually led to my record deal. From there, it wasn’t long before I had my Opry debut where I was honored to perform the song. To have this tribute record called An Old Memory, is a dream come true and completes the full circle.”

Scott recorded the EP at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, the same studio where Whitley originally recorded many of the songs 30 years earlier. He also worked with several of Whitley’s original session musicians. Produced by Jim Ed Norman, Matt Alderman, and Curt Gibbs, the album features legendary and award-winning musicians, Mac McAnally, Eddie Bayers, Larry Paxton, Biff Watson, and Carl Jackson. Scott’s father, Scotty, joins on guitar for “When You Say Nothing At All.”

The EP also features both Whitley’s son, Jesse Keith Whitley, lending his voice to “I’m Over You.” Lorrie Morgan, Whitley’s wife at the time of his passing, joins Scott on “Tell Lorrie I Love Her.”

Scott will perform some of the songs from the EP, as well as tracks from his earlier EP release Nothing To Do Town, on the Grand Ole Opry on Aug. 27.

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