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Keith Whitley

Wherever You Are Tonight – 1995 (RCA)

Reviewed by Robert Loy

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Maybe recording artists should have their own kind of living wills, saying something along the lines of "In the event of my untimely demise, none of the songs that I didn't think were good enough to release during my lifetime shall be released after my lifetime." But the quick-buck meisters would have probably ignored Keith Whitley anyway. Hell, there's a track on here called "Leave Well Enough Alone" and the producers, who obviously have no sense of irony, completely disregard Whitley's post-mordem advice. In his brief lifetime, Keith left behind a brilliant body of work and established a reputation as a promising songwriter and an excellent traditional country vocalist. Whitley cared too much about his fans and his art to release anything less than the best he could do. The same can not be said of those who put this package together.