Brad Paisley has earned numerous hit singles over the course of his career, but few have had the same lasting impact as “Whiskey Lullaby.” Along with Alison Krauss, who served as his duet partner on the song, Paisley took the tale of heartache to the third spot on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Although “Whiskey Lullaby” never claimed the chart’s top spot, it is still one of the most successful songs of Paisley’s career. It is one of only four singles of his to ever be certified Double Platinum by the RIAA, with the others being “Then,” “She’s Everything,” and his duet with Carrie Underwood on “Remind Me.”
Two factors combined to make “Whiskey Lullaby” the success story that it became. The first was Paisley and Krauss’ performances, as they both mastered how to convey the song’s heartbreaking story together.
On that note, the songwriting was the second factor that pushed “Whiskey Lullaby” into country music history. Written by Bill Anderson and Jon Randall, the song explores the tragedy that unfolds after a woman breaks the heart of the man she loves.
While listening to the recorded version of “Whiskey Lullaby” is certainly a moving experience, it packs even more of an emotional punch when you listen to Paisley and Krauss sing it live. One of their best performances of the song was during the 2005 ACM Awards.
“Whiskey Lullaby” was nominated for a total of four awards that night, and took home the trophies for Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. Paisley and Krauss’ performance of the song was also considered to be one of the best of the night, and once you watch it you’ll understand why.
You can tell from watching Paisley and Krauss sing that they were completely devoted to telling the story that unfolds in “Whiskey Lullaby.” Their dedication to the song resulted in a more meaningful performance, which managed to draw in the audience and everyone watching at home.
The performance will also captivate you when you watch it in the video below. You may want to grab some tissues first, because the song is known for being a tear-jerker.