Keith Whitley’s “Miami, My Amy” Gets A Smooth Bluegrass Cover
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A soulful cover of Keith Whitley’s “Miami, My Amy” is getting a lot of attention online.
In 1986, just three years before his untimely passing, Keith Whitley released “Miami, My Amy.” The song tells the tale of a man from Los Angeles who meets a woman in Miami, Florida, named Amy. After returning to his California hometown, the man receives a call from the woman saying that she misses him.
The song became Whitley’s first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. “Miami, My Amy” is considered to be the song that kick started Keith Whitley’s country success. Just two years later he would release his studio album, Don’t Close Your Eyes. The album’s title song would go No. 1 along with “When You Say Nothing At All” and “I’m No Stranger To The Rain.”
In late January 2023, a cover of “Miami, My Amy” was posted to Facebook.
The cover is performed my John Meador, guitar player and lead vocalist for newly formed bluegrass group Authentic Unlimited. According to the band’s website, Meador is an East Tennessee native who “began singing before he was walking.” He joined his first band, Kentucky Just Us, at the age of 14. And in 2022 he teamed up with three former members of Doyle Lawson’s legendary Quicksilver band (Jerry Cole, Stephen Burwell and Eli Johnston) and IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, Jesse Brock, to form Authenic Unlimited.
The 22-year-old’s voice is the perfect fit for Keith Whitley’s “Miami, My Amy.” His immaculate voice control and smooth vocals almost make it feel like we’re hearing the song for the first time.
Hear John Meador sing “Miami, My Amy” in the video below. Follow Authentic Unlimited on Facebook to hear more amazing bluegrass music.