Dylan Scott Covers ‘The Most Iconic Song In Country Music’

The hit-making country singer’s performance will leave you speechless.

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 9, 2024

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Country hitmaker Dylan Scott shared a soul-stirring acoustic cover of Keith Whitley’s timeless ballad, “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” 

Showcasing his undeniable vocal talent, Scott strummed his guitar as he belted out the heartbreaking lyrics of the classic country song. For the performance, he was in front of a bustling campfire and surrounded by dimly lit lights. He sported a casual look, complete with a tan denim jacket, black t-shirt, and trucker hat. 

“Don’t Close Your Eyes” Performance

“Don’t close your eyes/ Let it be me/ Don’t pretend it’s him/ In some fantasy/ Darling, just once let yesterday go/ And you’ll find more love/ Than you’ve ever known/ Just hold me tight/ When you love me tonight/ And don’t close your eyes,” he sang in tribute to the late country music icon. 

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“This is, in my opinion, the most iconic song in country music. This is ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ by my hero, Keith Whitley,” the father of three stated just moments before his performance began.

“Don’t Close Your Eyes” was written solely by Country Music Hall of Famer Bob McDill. The song tells the story of a man pleading for a woman to forget her former flame. He begs her, “don’t close your eyes” because he thinks that she is thinking of her ex when they are together.   

It was recorded by Whitley and released as the third single from his album named after the track. It was a country chart-topper and in 1988, it was named Billboard’s number one single of the year. 

Keith Whitley; Photo via Instagram
Keith Whitley; Photo via Instagram

In the years since its release, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” has been covered by several country artists, including Alan Jackson, Kellie Pickler, Jake Worthington, and Garth Brooks.   

Dylan Scott recently earned his fourth No.1 single at country radio with “Can’t Have Mine.” His latest single to country radio is “Boys Back Home” with rising country star Dylan Marlowe.       

CMT Campfire Sessions

Scott’s performance of “Don’t Close Your Eyes” took place as part of CMT’s Campfire Sessions. A brand new season of the show is coming soon. 

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Season 3 will kick off on January 12 with Chris Young. Other artists slated to take part in the popular performance series include NEEDTOBREATHE (Jan. 19), Riley Green (Jan. 26), Dustin Lynch (Feb. 2), Sara Evans (Feb. 16), and Darius Rucker (Feb. 23). 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, CMT will air a “Love Songs” episode featuring performances from Caitlyn Smith, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch with MacKenzie Porter & Madeline Merlo, NEEDTOBREATHE, Riley Green, Sara Evans, and Tenille Townes.

The season will conclude on March 1 with a “Country Country” episode with Brittney Spencer, Chris Young with Mitchell Tenpenny, Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch, NEEDTOBREATHE, Priscilla Block, Riley Green, and Sara Evans.   

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.