“Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss Turns 15 Years Old
I recall a short story Brad Paisley told live on the CMA Awards, after "Whiskey Lullaby" won the award for "Song of the Year" in 2005.
He said he was skeptical on releasing "Whiskey Lullaby" as a single, especially during the summertime. After all, it was a very sad song. His label insisted the world needed to hear it.
That proved to be the right decision.
"Whiskey Lullaby" was released to country radio in March of 2004. It peaked at #2 on the Mediabase country chart during the final week of August. It reached #3 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Written by Jon Randall and Bill Anderson, the song would be the third single off Brad's Mud On the Tires album. It went on to be certified two times platinum by the RIAA and as mentioned previously, win the CMA award for "Song of the Year" in 2005. It also won the "Music Video of the Year."
The video is quite the watch. Directed by Rick Schroder, it felt like a full-blown movie! Schroder also starred in the video.
"Whiskey Lullaby" is such a beautiful song. Even though it turns 15 years old this year, it remains one of Brad Paisley's best career songs. Alison Krauss also has one of the best voices in all of music, so her addition was perfect.