The Boot — Fresh off the success of her Top 5 single “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert has chosen “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” her collaboration with Little Big Town, as the next single from her 2014 Platinum album.
The quartet originally wanted the song, written by Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, for their 2014 Pain Killer album, but Lambert already had it on hold.
“[Little Big Town member Karen Fairchild] told me, ‘You have a song I want!,’” Lambert recalls. “So I said, ‘If I cut it, will y’all sing on it?’ This was at the CMT Awards, just joking around in the dressing room. But when I went in to record it, I thought, ‘If Little Big Town want to sing on my record, we are d–n sure taking advantage of it!’
“I can’t even imagine what it would sound like without them,” she adds.
The wife of Blake Shelton says that her new single is the closest she’ll ever come to recording a party song, and that the tune can inspire a bit of misbehavior in her own life.
“It really, really, really makes me want to smoke and drink,” she says. “I don’t smoke. But I drink. A lot.
“I feel like this is my party song,” Lambert continues. “I want to party when I hear this song, in my own way. That’s why I connected to it. I just immediately was like, ‘Yes.’”
Lambert was joined by Little Big Town for a performance of “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” at the 2014 CMA Awards.
Download “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” on iTunes.