Nashville, TN, July 25, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- “Artist to the Stars” Corey Frizzell creates portrait of Keith Whitley for
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
“Artist to The Stars”, Corey Frizzell will be on hand at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame to present a special portrait of the late Country Star, Keith Whitley as part of Whitley’s exhibit in the Hall. Frizzell’s portrait was commissioned by Bonnie Cherrie Hill, originator of a petition drive to see Whitley inducted in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Hill also serves as Director and co-founder of The Keith Whitley Association.
Whitley has been gone for 20 years, but the legacy of great traditional hardcore honky-tonk country music he left us certainly cannot be denied. Whitley's bluegrass and country music has captivated audiences and artists for four decades. Whitley began playing professionally at the age of fifteen with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, and later moved on as lead vocalist with J. D. Crowe & the New South. Whitley's roots were developed in bluegrass music. But his distinctive vocal style was the result of his intense studies of classic country vocal stylist, Lefty Frizzell.
Whitley was best known for his Top 20 single “Miami, My Amy” and his three follow-up Top 10 singles, “Hard Livin’,” “Ten Feet Away,” and “Homecoming ‘63.” But it wasn’t until the release of his third RCA album “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” released in 1988, that Whitley became a country superstar. The album produced three Number 1 hits, the title cut, “When You Say Nothing At All,” and “I'm No Stranger to the Rain.” His posthumous release, 1989’s “I Wonder Do You Think of Me,” also featured 2 Number 1 singles, the title cut and “It Ain’t Nothin,” and the Top 10 hit “I’m Over You.”
When you hear the name Frizzell you may not think of art, you think of Country Music, you think of Lefty Frizzell. The Frizzell family's music roots run deep. As the nephew of Country stars Lefty and David and the son the Country Gospel Great, Allen Frizzell, Corey’s proud of his heritage but took a very different path, one not filled with music but instead with art and boxing. Although Corey's passion for boxing kept this former Golden Gloves Champion in and out of the ring for a decade, his love for drawing has always been there. Over the years perfecting his craft, starting with cartoons and now creating portraits for the general public. Frizzell has come full circle having created portraits for Country Music stars like George Jones, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Willie Nelson to name a few. Now because of Corey, when you hear the name Frizzell, you will think of art. For more information on Corey, go to www.coreyfrizzell.com
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Renfro Valley, Kentucky will be hosting an event to honor the memory and music of Keith Whitley on Saturday, August 1, 2009, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will also feature live musical performances from singer/songwriter Jannet Lee, rising country star Scott Hisey, and Lexington, Kentucky native Korey Blake Rose, 2009 Colgate Country Showdown finalist and Michael Keith Whitley, nephew of the star. The Whitley family will also be on hand.