‘Whiskey Lullaby’—Underwood versus Krauss

Brad Paisley with Alison Krauss; 'Whiskey Lullaby' video

By coincidence I came across a duet by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. They did one of my favorite songs during a broadcast over Labor Day weekend. Underwood didn’t record the song when it originally came out in 2003. Paisley did the original duet with Alison Krauss. I’m a big Carrie fan, but frankly, I am not wild about her take on that song (Article continues after photo).

Ryman Auditorium
The Grand Ole Opry was at the Ryman until 1974. (Photo: Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

I thought it was better with Krauss. Underwood has one of those voices that’s hard to tone down. Her voice is just so powerful, but that’s a song that to me feels pensive and reflective. I think that’s the first time I didn’t like something I heard Underwood sing.

The legendary Whispering Bill Anderson co-wrote that song with Jon Randall. The song was very popular when it was released, and it did well on the charts but never reached the top spot, according to Wide Open Country.

You can listen to the video of Paisley and Underwood at Wide Open Country.

Brad Paisley has the original of ‘Whiskey Lullaby’ with Krauss at his YouTube channel.

I always thought that song had elements of a Shakespearean tragedy.

Most country songs you hear today are not remotely country—they’re pop. I was glad to see a country tune surface at the Grand Ole Opry.

~~Featured photo is snipped from Brad Paisley’s YouTube channel video of ‘Whiskey Lullaby’ with Alison Krauss.

(Kay B. Day/Sept. 9, 2020)

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