16 Country Music Artists Who Don’t Drink Alcohol

We all know that country music and booze go together…it’s like peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, cocaine and waffles…

Ol’ David Allan Coe said it best on the famous last verse of “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” when he said:

“I wrote him back a letter and told him it wasn’t the perfect country and western song because he didn’t say anything about mom at all, or trains, or trucks, or prison, nor on drunkenness.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

Of course, for some people, including country artists, it’s best that they put their bottle down in order to be the best version of themselves. Does that mean they all stop singing together? Well, not in the case of artists like Chris Janson, Brantley Gilbert, Keith Urban and others, but for some they might choose to take their music in a different direction.

And recently, we’ve seen a few artists announce their sobriety, including Jake Owen and Charles Kelly, so that being said, let’s take a look at some country music stars who have either given up on drugs and/or alcohol. either have never started in the first place.

jake owen

Owen proudly announced his sobriety for 316 days on July 29, after embarrassing himself drinking for the last time.

Lady A’s Charles Kelley

The Lady A co-frontman officially launched his sobriety journey here recently, forcing the band to make the difficult decision to cancel their tour.

Charlie Muncaster from Muscadine Bloodline

BJ Barham of the American Aquarium

BJ shares many updates on Twitter, and many fans turn to him for wisdom on their own sobriety journey.

Jo Dee Messina

The famed ’90s country singer called it quits after checking into rehab in 2004 after a tell-all brutal performance at a post-Super Bowl party that year. She’s been sober ever since.

Margo Price

2020 has been a brutal year for all of us, and especially for Margo Price. The social climate began to weigh on her, leading to excessive alcohol consumption. She finally realized she had to quit for good.

She explains the decision in an article by QG.

Josh Turner

Josh is one of those people who never started drinking. In an interview with CBN, Josh said, “I’ve never had a drink in my life.”

Jason Isbel

Jason has been very open about his past struggles with alcohol and admits putting the bottle down was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

Chris Janson

He quit drinking when he met his wife, Kelly, and never looked back. He details the journey of his struggles until he met his wife in his 2015 song “Holdin’ Her.”

However, Chris will always “make a drink” for someone else, apparently…

Joe Nichols

Joe has been very open about his struggles with alcohol for over a decade. He started drinking when he was 12, and once he started to see his life start to take off in 2008, he found the strength to quit.

He went into taping details with drinks on our podcast, Whiskey Riff Raff.

Brantley Gilbert

He credited Keith Urban for saving his life when it came to his sobriety.

Keith Urban

Urban says his wife Nicole Kidman saved his life. About 15 years ago, Urban began to see his personal and professional life crumble beneath him, and Nicole was there by his side to help him hang up.

Shania Twain

“I like a clean band. I don’t like drugs. I don’t like alcohol. I like having clean people around me. – a quote from Shania in Shania Twain: The Biography.

Tim McGraw

We all know this transformation. Flipping tires in the stadium parking lot has been McGraw’s new pregame for some time now.

Ol’ Tim has come a long way since he was arrested with Kenny Chesney in New York in 2000.

Evan Felker

The Turnpike Troubadours frontman found himself in a number of “drunk onstage” incidents leading up to the band’s 2020 hiatus. However, Turnpike are back and better than ever with a sobe Evan Felker at the helm (the fiddler Kyle Nix as well), and he even rekindled his marriage to wife Staci.

Tyler Childer

Tyler announced in 2020, with the release of his violin album, Long violent history, that he was 6 months sober at the time of the video, and has apparently been sober ever since.

And many, many more…