There’s a Tear in My Beer: Alcoholism in Country Music

In two simple verses and a repeated chorus, Haggard describes the tragedy of alcoholism. In his unmistakable Okie drawl—oft imitated yet never bested—Haggard laments the failure of his nightly drinking session to kill the pain of a lost love.

Who you gonna call?

When the phones rang, they snapped up the old fashioned receivers. With gentle soothing tones they expertly dispatched lost and lonely alcoholics to meetings around New York City’s five boroughs and parts of Connecticut, New Jersey and Long Island before slipping back into their whiplash, vocal-fried conversation.

Rock Yourself Sober

Road Recovery—the program by sober, working musicians for at-risk teens—has been rock-steady for 18 years. Now, with the help of some Rock ‘n Roll legends they’ve released an album.