Country Throwback: Carrie Underwood Takes Alison Krauss’ Place in Brad Paisley ‘Whiskey Lullaby’ Duet

by Jennifer Shea

Last year, over Labor Day weekend, country superstar Carrie Underwood teamed up with country legend Brad Paisley to perform their rendition of “Whiskey Lullaby,” a duet that Paisley released in 2004 with country musician Alison Krauss.

Underwood and Paisley have toured together, hosted the CMA Awards together 11 times and now, played the Grand Ole Opry together during a pandemic.

The performance was socially distanced and part of the Opry’s live-streamed Saturday night broadcasts, per Wide Open Country.  

When the pair used to tour together, Underwood would often perform the duet with Paisley in place of Krauss, according to Country Music Family. Paisley acknowledged as much in his introductory comments to “Whiskey Lullaby.”

“And then you got stuck singing with me a lot more after that,” he said to Underwood.

Carrie Underwood Turns 38

The country singer recently turned 38 and received an outpouring of birthday wishes from her fans. Underwood then took to Instagram to thank them for all the birthday wishes and to exclaim, “Happy birthday to me!”

Amusingly, for her birthday, Underwood’s husband, former pro hockey player Mike Fisher, gave her a T-shirt which read, “I don’t need Google, my husband knows everything.” And in an Instagram post about the gift, Fisher wrote, “Perfect birthday gift no[?]”

Brad Paisley Caters to Nashville Families In Need

As for Paisley, he’s been busy helping people. Earlier this week, he and wife Kimberly Williams Paisley celebrated the one-year anniversary of their nonprofit grocery store for food-insecure families in Nashville.

The grocery store, named simply The Store, offers free groceries to those who can prove they are in need. Since the pandemic hit, they’ve had to postpone the grand opening and start delivering groceries to people’s doorsteps.

The store had been open for four days last year before circumstances forced them to come up with a new plan, News 4 Nashville reports. A friend of Paisley’s supplied an idea.

“He was like, ‘Well, I know all these people in these towers are needing food, so do you dugs want to set up a delivery service with all these young people that are bored?'” Paisley told News 4 Nashville. “And I’m like ‘Yes!’ and here we are.”

They rely on 350 volunteers to make 450 home deliveries per week. At their current pace, they’re serving six times more people than they expected to before the pandemic.  

Watch the video of Underwood and Paisley’s “Whiskey Lullaby” performance here: