This version of the song was released as a single through Columbia Records. “Whiskey River”, despite not being a Nelson original, has become Nelson’s signature song and a concert staple, usually the first song on the set list.
“Whiskey River” is co-written (with Paul Stroud) and also recorded by American country music singer Johnny Bush. He released the song in 1972 on his album Whiskey River.
Live 1974 with a great guitar solo by Willie: