Tennessee Whiskey (song)

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"Tennessee Whiskey"
Single by David Allan Coe
from the album Tennessee Whiskey
Released 1981
Songwriter(s)
David Allan Coe singles chronology
"Stand by Your Man"
(1981)
"Tennessee Whiskey"
(1981)
"Dock of the Bay"
(1981)

"Stand by Your Man"
(1981)
"Tennessee Whiskey"
(1981)
"Dock of the Bay"
(1981)
"Tennessee Whiskey"
Single by George Jones
from the album Shine On
B-side "Almost Persuaded"
Released August 1983
Genre Country
Length 2:50
Label Epic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
George Jones singles chronology
"I Always Get Lucky with You"
(1983)
"Tennessee Whiskey"
(1983)
"You've Still Got a Place in My Heart"
(1984)

"I Always Get Lucky with You"
(1983)
"Tennessee Whiskey"
(1983)
"You've Still Got a Place in My Heart"
(1984)
"Tennessee Whiskey"
Promotional single by Chris Stapleton
from the album Traveller
Released 2015
Format CD
Genre
Length 4:53
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Dean Dillon
  • Linda Hargrove
Producer(s)

"Tennessee Whiskey" is the title of a country song written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove. It was originally recorded by American country music artist David Allan Coe for his album of the same name Tennessee Whiskey, whose version peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1981.[1] George Jones' 1983 version of the song was included on his album Shine On, and reached number 2 on the Hot Country Singles chart. The song has been covered by several artists, including Chris Stapleton, whose version was performed at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards with Justin Timberlake, and was certified quadruple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Versions[edit]

David Allan Coe first recorded the song.

"Tennessee Whiskey" was originally recorded by American country music artist David Allan Coe for his album of the same name Tennessee Whiskey released in 1981. Commercially, it peaked at number 77 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The song was later covered by fellow American country music artist George Jones, whose version was released in August 1983 as the third single from his album Shine On. Jones' version reached a new peak commercially, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in November 1983[2] and number-one on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[3] Coe joined Jones onstage to sing a chorus on the song at the inaugural Farm Aid in 1985. It remained a mainstay in Jones' live set, with the singer often substituting the name of whatever city or town he was in for "Tennessee" in the second chorus.

Music publications praised Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake's performance.[4][5]

American singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton recorded a blues-influenced cover of the song for his debut studio album Traveller released in 2015.[6] His cover was also released as a promotional CD single.[7] On November 4, 2015, Stapleton performed it at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards as a duet with Justin Timberlake. The performance was described as the best moment of the night by music publications.[4][5] Based solely on two days sales after the broadcast, it reached number-one on the Hot Country Songs chart, and number 23 on Billboard Hot 100, selling 131,000 copies.[8][9] It peaked at number 20 the following week, selling a further 118,000 copies.[10][11] It was certified Platinum by the RIAA on May 4, 2016,[12] and reached over a million in sales in the US in January 2017.[13] It has sold 1.6 million copies in the US as of September 2018.[14] Both artists have also performed the song together at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival[15] and at the Man of the Woods Tour's Nashville concert.[16]

Deana Martin gave "Tennessee Whiskey" a new beat when she recorded it for her 2016 album Swing Street.[17] A YouTube video featuring Kris Jones at the wheel of his pickup truck, recorded by his daughter Dayla, went viral and has gained over 35 million views. It led to a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[18] In 2017, Stan Walker and Parson James released a version as a single.[19] Australian singer Judah Kelly covered the song on his debut album, Count On Me (2017).[20] Artist, Keke Wyatt also covered the song in 2017 for her album of covers called “Keke Covers” where she did a R&B inspired version of the tune, carefully not to stray away from its original country vibe.

In other media[edit]

In March 2018, it was announced that Tennessee Whiskey: The Musical, a play for Broadway and based on the story of Dean Dillon, is in the pre-production phase.[21]

Charts[edit]

David Allan Coe[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot Country Singles 77

George Jones[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Chris Stapleton[edit]

Chart (2015–17) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[22] 70
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[23] 39
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[24] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 20
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[26] 57
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[27] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[28] 89

Meghan Linsey[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[29] 18
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[30] 28

Certifications[edit]

Chris Stapleton[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[31] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 4× Platinum 1,644,000[14]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Allan Coe Billboard Singles
  2. ^ George Jones Chart History
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks". Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. 
  4. ^ a b Marissa R. Moss (November 4, 2015). "See Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake's Stunning CMA Awards Duet". Rolling Stone. 
  5. ^ a b Grady Smith (November 5, 2015). "Chris Stapleton steals CMA awards show on career-making night". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Chris Stapleton on Why Stunning New Album 'Traveller' Isn't for Kids". Roling Stone. May 7, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey". Discogs. Retrieved February 1, 2018. 
  8. ^ Jim Asker (November 10, 2015). "Chris Stapleton Travels to Top of Country Charts Without Strong Support From Radio". Billboard. 
  9. ^ Matt Bjorke (November 9, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Singles: November 9, 2015". Roughstock. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Hot 100: November 28, 2015". Billboard. 
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 16, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Singles: November 17, 2015". Roughstock. 
  12. ^ a b "American single certifications – Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  13. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 23, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: January 23, 2017". Roughstock. 
  14. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (September 5, 2018). "The Top 30 Digital Country Tracks: September 5, 2018". RoughStock. Retrieved September 7, 2018. 
  15. ^ Gold, Adam (September 24, 2017). "See Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton Reunite for 'Tennessee Whiskey'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  16. ^ McKenna, Brittney (May 10, 2018). "See Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton's Nashville Reunion for 'Tennessee Whiskey'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Review - Deana Martin - Swing Street". Music Connection. November 30, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  18. ^ TheEllenShow (19 January 2017). "Singing Dad Kris Jones Performs 'Tennessee Whiskey'!" – via YouTube. 
  19. ^ "Tennassee Whiskey (single) by Stan Walker and Parson James". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "Judah Kelly – Count on Me". AllMusic. 
  21. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (March 14, 2018). "Dean Dillon's Music Is Broadway-Bound With 'Tennessee Whiskey: The Musical'". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  22. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #419". auspOp. May 6, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  24. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  26. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  27. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  28. ^ "Best of 2015: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Meghan Linsey Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  30. ^ "Meghan Linsey Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  31. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey". Music Canada. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 

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