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Son of late Keith Whitley pays tribute to dad at Plant City concert

PLANT CITY Country singer Jesse Keith Whitley paid homage to his famous late father as he kicked off a new concert series at a local restaurant.

Jesse Keith Whitley, son of country singers Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan, played for a nearly capacity crowd at Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill. Whitley dedicated one number to his father, who died in 1989.

“He has the best seat in the house. I'm sending this song up to my dad,” Whitley said.

The new concert series is being promoted by Mike Floyd, publisher of Focus Magazine. Floyd said the first concert featuring Whitley was successful, and he's considering extending the series beyond an initial schedule of two more monthly shows.

“We may make it year round. We just have to wait and see how the next one goes,” Floyd said.

The evening included a meal and a concert by Whitley, who between numbers answered questions posed by host Cliff Brown, a member of Clemons Road band.

Brown said he was impressed by Whitley's down-home demeanor.

“This guy is one of us. He's glad he's here and he'd glad to play for anybody,” said Brown, who added that some stars “have big egos.”

The next two shows include Oct. 11, Jaida Dreyer; and Nov. 8, Chad Warrix. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert gets under way about 7 p.m. at the restaurant, 106 State Road 60. Tickets are $300 for a table of eight or $40 for individual seats and include a meal and non-alcoholic drinks.

For information, call Floyd at (813) 707-8783 or go to The Heart of Nashville Live's Facebook page.

The Tampa Tribune, owned by the same parent company as the Plant City Courier, is one of the concert series sponsors.

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