It was an emotional project for Blake Shelton.
Blake, along with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, John Anderson, Joe Diffie, Wade Hayes, and Neal McCoy were among the artists who gathered at a theater inside Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum yesterday to pay tribute to the late Earl Thomas Conley.
Blake jumped at the chance to participate in Conley’s tribute celebration of life. He said he broke down minutes after Conley’s wife, Carole, broke the news to him of his hero’s death. Blake explained, “I’ll never forget — I was on my four-wheeler, and I just started crying, and I got on the phone with Gwen, and I said, ‘Man, I think I’m crying, I think I’m sad because I’m afraid nobody’s going to remember Earl.’ This business can be pretty cold. That was my fear, and then with Earl not wanting a funeral it was like, man, you know, we’re not going to be able to do what we’re doing here today and so finally a few months later Carole texted me and said, ‘Hey, we’re looking at doing a memorial tribute thing for Earl,’ and instantly I said, ‘Put me down for “What I’d Say.”‘
Earl Thomas Conley passed away on April 10th at the age of 77 from complications of dementia.
Here is the Earl Thomas Conley tribute lineup:
Blake Shelton – “What I’d Say”
Luke Bryan – “Once In A Blue Moon”
Dale Ann Bradley – “We Believe In Happy Endings”
Walt Aldridge & Michael Pyle – “With You”
Neal McCoy – “Holding Her And Loving You”
Jason Aldean – “Nobody Falls Like A Fool”
Wade Hayes & Joe Diffie – “Brotherly Love”
John Anderson – “Smokey Mountain Memories”
Erinn Scates (Conley’s daughter) – “Too Far From The Heart of It All”
One of KAT Country’s favorites of Earl’s is “Holding Her and Loving You.” Enjoy the video now!