Booze is considered to be a staple of the country's music scene as a boat and back road, and a recent article in the Washington Post with a music problem. "
According to musicians having interviewed, having the appearance of using booze as pleasure or drown sorrows is a major factor in being considered" authentic "in the Nashville scene. Hank Williams, a country idol who died at age 29 of a heart attack after a life of alcohol and substance abuse.
"Country singer Keith Whitley said in an interview not long before his death at the age of 33 in 1989. "Lefty [Frizzell] drank, Hank drank, George Jones was still drinking, and I had to. That's just the way it was.
However, alcohol also plays a key role in drawing brand sponsorship dollars to the Nashville music business. When journalists asked Florida florida line about their music relationship to alcohol and name-checking Fireball whiskey in their "Round Here," GFL member Tyler Hubbard said, "We reached out [to Fireball] and asked how it benefited them, and they said it was pretty drastic. That made us feel good. But so, it made us think, why do not we start our own brand? "
He added, "We like to have a good time, but maybe a little bit less than we used to. As our manager says, "You're gonna party like a man at night, you've gotta work like a man in the morning."
This is a brand-name peach-pecan whiskey brand and they aren ' t alone. As Yahr writes, companies want to reach out to sponsor artists who write about the dark side of alcohol, such as Trey Smith and Jennifer Fiedler, whose single "Hey Whiskey," a song about the breakdown of a relationship due to alcohol addiction, prompted an endorsement from Rebecca Creek Distillery.
At the same time, Nashville is home to many who are in recovery and songwriters contend that grabbing a few beers is common after – or during – a session.
Yahr points to Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, and Tim McGraw as examples of artists who speak about sobriety, however often booze pops up in some of their songs (Brad Paisley, who does not drink, wrote "Alcohol," which reached number four on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and peaked at number 28 on the Hot 100).
Ray Scott is an example of an artist who feared to be a victim of pressure. Yahr wrote, "Initially, he would not be disappointed with what he did not drink."
"Some fans can not come up with this song I painted something, "Scott said. "I've been pleased that people take it for what it is. It's just fun music; I do not have to live the part. "
The country music industry is as intertwined with the distillery and brewery industries as it can get and that will not change anytime soon, according to Yahr.
" There's no doubt the audience appreciates this, "she writes. "And as Nashville continues to see dollar signs (a CMA study these spring found 'country music consumers are spending more on alcohol' these days), artists will keep singing about it."