NYCS First Impression: Dylan Scott Covers Keith Whitley on ‘An Old Memory’
Fans of Dylan Scott know that the singer-songwriter always shares his love for classic county music during his live shows by speaking about his idols and singing covers of their songs. Country music extraordinaire, Keith Whitley is especially inspiring to the artist, leading him to release his own EP entitled An Old Memory, which serves as an ode to the late Whitley and his greatest hits. Scott pays tribute to Whitley’s music with exceptional covers of seven of his songs on his newest project, which premiered today.
The record begins with “Don’t’ Close Your Eyes.” The exquisite ballad fits Scott’s southern drawl and emotive voice perfectly, bringing new life to the special track. Similarly, the singer-songwriter’s rendition of “When You Say Nothing at All” is nothing short of extraordinary. He incites feelings in the listeners that one can only assume are the emotions that Whitely wanted to convey with the classic love song. We caught Scott’s live performance of the song, during his opening set for Chris Young at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey back in May.
The country crooner goes on to sing one of Whitely’s breakup songs, “I’m Over You,” which works well, despite being a stark departure from Scott’s usual relationship-oriented perspective in his own music. On the contrary, the singer delivers a stellar cover of a song right in his wheelhouse, with “Ten Feet Away.” The track depicts a romanticized encounter between strangers.
Continuing to pay tribute to his musical hero, Scott goes on to cover both “Miami, My Amy” and “Between an Old Memory and Me.” The former is probably the most upbeat song on the record, focusing on a catchy hook and chorus with clever word-play. The later, “Between an Old Memory and Me” is story-telling at its finest. Scott delivers it effortlessly, and it almost feels like it could have been an original.
To wrap up the record, Scott enlisted the help of Whitley’s wife, Lorrie Morgan on the final track, “Tell Lorrie I Love Her.” The recording artist is known for writing songs inspired by his relationship with his beautiful wife, Blair and it appears that his hero Whitley was cut from the same cloth, using his love life as his muse. The duet is arguably the most poignant and heartfelt song off the tribute record.
Overall, Scott did Whitely proud. He kept the authenticity of each and every song off the record while introducing contemporary country fans to classic, gritty, and enticing old-school country music. It’s clear that Whitely is a big inspiration to Scott, and we’re excited to see what is in store for him in the future.
Catch Scott on touring throughout the country through August. Head to dylanscottcountry.com for tickets and more information.
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An Old Memory is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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