"Whiskey River" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Johnny Bush. He released the song in 1972 through RCA Victor and included it on his album Whiskey River. Bush later re-recorded the song in 1981 and released it through the Delta label, with "When My Conscience Hurts the Most" on the b-side.
Willie Nelson first recorded "Whiskey River" for the album Shotgun Willie in 1973. In 1978, Nelson recorded the song for his live album Willie and Family Live. This version of the song was released as a single through Columbia Records. "Whiskey River", despite not being a Nelson original, has become Nelson's signature song and a concert staple, usually the first song on the set list.