- From Sandy Hook, Kentucky.
- 1970, at age 15, began his professional musical career when he and his friend Ricky Skaggs worked with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. That same year, Keith and Ricky recorded a duet album.
- 1973, worked with Jimmy Gaudreau in a short-lived band called “The Country Store.”
- 1975, returned to Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys as lead singer and guitarist.
- 1981, worked with J.D. Crowe and the New South.
- Embarked on solo career in 1985; hit the charts with his RCA single, “Miami, My Amy” in 1986.
- Best known for his hit songs “When You Say Nothing At All,” “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” and “I’m No Stranger to the Rain.”
- Died on May 9, 1989 in Nashville of alcohol poisoning. He was 34 years old.