It’s Ain’t Just Rock –
April 29, 2020 – As you step foot into any honky tonk, you are bound to hear Merle Haggard’s voice in the distance singing, “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down.” For some, this would become a dark reminder of trying to maintain their sobriety in the music business.
For years, it seems like Hollywood glamorized the entertainment industry. In order to fit in, one must partake in drinking or perhaps using drugs to get by. Television, radio, and print ads have made it appear that you are popular whenever you use substances. There is always that pressure to fit in along with the crowd.
On the other end of the spectrum, as a touring musician or singer, you are faced with many hours out on the road driving to the next town for a gig. Some may be trapped inside their hotel room for hours as they cannot venture out into the city with peace and quiet due to fans recognizing them. In order to pass the time, they turn to substances, whether it be alcohol or drinking.