Whiskey

Songfacts®:

  • This is Joey Landreth's favorite tune on his first solo record. "It's a pretty personal song," he said in a 2017 Songfacts interview. "It draws a parallel between tumultuous love and addiction. It tends to be whatever resonates the most with the listener. So some people say, 'Man, it really reminds me of this relationship.' Some people go, 'Yeah, it reminds me of when I got sober.' It's actually a mix of the two for me. I've been sober two-and-a-half years now. The story of the song borrows from both my experiences of getting sober and being in a relationship. It's the marriage of those two things."
  • We asked the guitarist and songwriter specifically about the lyrics, "Left you at the altar on a snowy New Year's Day" in the first verse of this song. "I got sober on New Year's Day so it was drawing the parallel between the relationship ending and my relationship with alcohol coming to an end at the same time," Landreth explained. "I chose those lyrics because I didn't want to say, 'I got sober on New Year's Day.' I wanted to keep that imagery active."
  • The album was named after this song because Landreth wanted it to be a title track record. "I have a hard time coming up with band and record names so I like the idea of naming it after a song," he told us. "It takes the pressure off of having to come up with a concept for the whole thing."

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