Country Stars Honour Earl Thomas Conley

By: Cheryl Johnstone


Country Music News

Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, John Anderson, Joe Diffie, Wade Hayes, and Neal McCoy were among the artists who gathered at a theatre inside Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on Tuesday, September 10th to pay tribute to the late Earl Thomas Conley.

Shelton jumped at the chance to participate in Conley’s tribute celebration of life.

He told reporters he broke down minutes after Conley’s wife, Carole, broke the news to him of his hero’s death.

“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.”‘”

Conley died 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 Here 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”

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