Keith Whitley & Alison Krauss Sing ‘When You Say Nothing at All’ in Mashup Recording

by Katie Maloney

Although they were never able to record the song together, a mashup version of “When You Say Nothing At All” puts Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss together for a duet.

Originally released by Whitley in 1988, “When You Say Nothing At All,” climbed to the top spot on both the U.S. and Canadian country charts. Additionally, CMT later ranked his version as the 12th greatest country love song of all time. However, one year after releasing the song, Whitley passed away. Six years later, Krauss and her band, Union Station, decided to record their own version of the song. Krauss recorded the song for a tribute album to Whitley, Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album. Krauss’s version claimed the third spot on the chart and won Single of the Year award at the CMA Awards.

Almost a decade later, Mike Cromwell, a radio station production director put together a duet of their two versions. Cromwell blended pieces of both recordings to make it sound as if Whitley and Krauss are performing together. Although the duet was never released commercially, fans love the song.

Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss mashup “When You Say Nothing At All.”

Keith Whitley Duets With His Wife, Lorrie Morgan

Another mashup song was created in Whitley’s honor. This song, perhaps even more tear-jerking than the previous, was created with his wife, Lorrie Morgan. Morgan and Whitely met while Whitley was on tour and they married in 1986. The couple had one son together and Whitley adopted Morgan’s daughter from a previous marriage. Sadly, Whitley passed away just three years after the two married and they were only able to record a few songs together. For the same tribute album, Morgan’s singing was edited together with Whitley’s so the two could perform the duet, “I Just Want You.”

Keith Whitley performs with his wife, Lorrie Morgan.