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.
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
It’s been four years since I’ve had an alcoholic drink. It’s never too late to change your life
—Charlie Muncaster (@CMuncasterMusic) February 18, 2022
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.
— American Aquarium (@USAquarium) August 31, 2021
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.
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.
“Somewhere along the way, I got caught up in myth – the thought that artists need grief, sadness, or conflict to create.” @MissMargoPrice https://t.co/WLRPauD54Q
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) March 30, 2021
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 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.
Sober up! But when I stayed like that, I did it for me. https://t.co/u70ZdGRFzo
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) August 1, 2019
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 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.
He credited Keith Urban for saving his life when it came to his sobriety.
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.
“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.
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.
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 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…