"Whiskey Lullaby" is the title of a country song composed by Bill Anderson and Jon Randall. It was first recorded by Brad Paisley as a duet with Alison Krauss on Paisley's 2003 album Mud on the Tires, and released in April 12,2004 as that album's third single, and the eleventh chart single of Paisley's career. The song reached a peak of number three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Best Hot Country Songs) charts, and 41 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won the 2005 Country Music Association Song of the Year award. It is one of Paisley's three songs certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, the others being "She's Everything" and "Then".
"Whiskey Lullaby" is a largely acoustic ballad in the key of B minor, accompanied mostly by acoustic guitar and Dobro. Its narrative centers on a couple who separate and eventually drink themselves to death: The man because of the woman's infidelity and the woman because of her guilt. Paisley sings the first verse and chorus, which focus on the male character, while Krauss sings the second verse and chorus, which focus on the female character.
Jon Randall, one of the song's co-writers, had just divorced...