Watch Tim McGraw perform a Keith Whitley classic on a legendary guitar

A fitting tribute to one of his icons
Tim McGraw
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On Wednesday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum aired their BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) special with stars of the genre performing on, and giving some history behind some of the museum's iconic instruments.

Tim McGraw performed the song "Don’t Close Your Eyes” by one of his musical idols, Keith Whitley, on the museum's C.W. Parsons guitar that Whitley, as the story goes, purchased in his home state of Kentucky for just a dollar and a handshake.

The night provided exclusive performances by some of the biggest names in Country music, while placing many of the genre’s most treasured instruments into the hands of today’s stars.

Produced in partnership with YouTube, the fundraiser's aim was to instill inspiration and public support for the nonprofit institution which has suffered significant financial losses as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch the stirring performance from Tim above, and view the full BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) program below.

All funds raised will support the museum’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, providing critically needed aid to sustain the world-class exhibits, as well as provide help in collection preservation, and educational programming.

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