Kenny Chesney, Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”

One of the best new songs off Kenny Chesney’s upcoming album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, is “You and Tequila,” a duet with Grace Potter of the Vermont-based rock band Grace Potter & the Nocturnals . It’s a great track because it’s a very poetic and acoustic way to describe how your favorite sins are the ones that do you in. You can hear it today on . And you can hear what Chesney has to say about it. “I’ve always loved what the song said,” he explains. “I had a demo for a long, long time. But a couple of years ago, I was renting a house north of Malibu for a few months, did whatever I wanted to do. This song takes me to driving up PCH. That’s why I recorded it.” I’m a sucker for songs about tequila, but this one is softer and prettier than you might guess from the title. It’s less of an out-all-night rocker and more of a ballad, really. About how you and tequila make me crazy, run like poison in my blood and how one is one too many and one more is never enough. Grace Potter’s lilting voice may remind you a little of country singer Deana Carter, who ironically, co-wrote this song with Matraca Berg.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.