Brad Paisley and Mickey Guyton Team Up for ‘Whiskey Lullaby’ [Watch]
For fans of traditional country and Brad Paisley, it doesn't get much better than "Whiskey Lullaby." Paisley is currently on the road with newcomer Mickey Guyton, and the duo's version of the famous duet has to be seen to be believed.
Originally sung with bluegrass songstress Alison Kruass, the devastating story was written by country legend Bill Anderson and Jon Randall and went on to win the CMA Award for song of the year in 2005.
It's often held up as one of the genre's all-time greats, but during Paisley's May 16 Crushin' It tour stop in Raleigh, N.C., he and Guyton may have given the classic ballad a whole new life.
As Paisley begins the song in front of a giant cocktail bar on stage, Guyton looks like just a beautiful young woman seated for a drink. But once the star finishes his verse about a brokenhearted man who drinks himself to death after catching his lover cheating, she turns to face the fans.
Guyton's voice is perfectly suited for the tender and tragic lyrics, and she commands the stage without an ounce of hesitation. No one can replace Krauss, but the Texas native newcomer brings something new out of the character. Full of guilt over her former lover's death, the woman in the song famously follows his lead, drinking her pain — and her life — completely away.
As she and Paisley face each other for the song's last big chorus, it seems like a powerful new partnership may be starting to blossom.
Guyton's first single, the self-penned girl-power anthem "Better Than You Left Me," is currently in the Top 40 on Billboard's country airplay chart and rising.
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