In 2006, the audience of Brad Paisley’s Time Well Wasted tour in Chicago was treated to a jaw-dropping performance as Carrie Underwood joined the country crooner on stage. The two talented artists joined forces to perform a tear-jerking rendition of “Whiskey Lullaby.”
At the beginning of Paisley’s performance, the country star took center stage – sitting alone, strumming his acoustic guitar, and singing the poignant country ballad. As soon as he reached the second chorus, the young Underwood stepped out into the spotlight, where her powerful voice was greeted with a wild round of applause.
The audience was absolutely mesmerized by Paisley and Underwood’s onstage chemistry as they carried out the rest of the performance on separate parts of the stage, making a metaphor for the song’s melancholic message.
One Of The Saddest Songs To Ever Graced Country Music
Written by two of the biggest Nashville songwriters, Bill Anderson and Jon Randall, “Whiskey Lullaby” tells the story of a couple’s painful separation that led them both to devastating drinking of whiskey until their death. The heartbroken man died in the first verse, and the guilt-ridden woman followed.
Randall revealed that “Whiskey Lullaby” was inspired by his divorce from country singer Lorrie Morgan in 1999.
The song was then released in 2004 as a duet by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss off Paisley’s album, Mud on the Tires. It was quick to reach No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and even crossed over to the pop charts, peaking at No. 41 on Billboard Hot 100. In 2005, the poignant ballad took home the Country Music Association Song of the Year Award.
And having both Paisley and Carrie Underwood on one stage, singing “Whiskey Lullaby,” is a magical thing that you’ll cherish forever. See it for yourself below.
Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood