The life of a country music star is fast-paced, and often, country music sings about drinking and drowning your sorrows. Hitting the road and living a constant party can lead to country music stars doing some serious drinking. In 2022, Lady A’s Charles Kelley canceled a tour to get sober and later wrote a song (“As far As I Could”) about his journey.
Charles said in a statement when he released the song, “For me, the biggest word I’ve been holding onto is gratitude, not pride. I’m grateful. I finally see the light and am connecting with what life is all about. Some days are hard, but the good outweighs those bad moments. There’s some beauty in all this, and I’ve had time to reflect, time to get healthy, time to write. I’ve probably written 50 songs this fall, and I feel like all of it was leading to this one song.”
The song was co-written and produced with Lady A bandmates Dave Haywood and Jimmy Robbins. The ballad captures an inner conflict experienced by many, mixing sadness and serenity as Kelley recounts the steps along his path – both good and bad.
Lady A bandmates Haywood and Hillary Scott even considered putting their stamp on “As Far As You Could.” They ultimately changed their minds. Dave Haywood said, “We were almost afraid that if we put a bunch of vocals on it, that might take away from the pain and authenticity of that singular vocal.” Kelley added, “Hillary especially felt it was important for me to tell my story, kind of the same way she was able to do with ‘Thy Will.’ With their blessing, I’m putting this out, but it will live right alongside everything else we do.”
We look at five country music superstars who have either put the bottle down or never drank at all.