Kelleigh Bannen is taking Taste of Country readers inside the creative process for 'Smoke When I Drink' in this exclusive.

"I was writing with a girl named Laura Veltz, who's an awesome writer, and I was like, 'What's the coolest song you've written in the last year?'" Bannen recalls. "And she was like, 'Oh, it's called 'Smoke When I Drink.'"

The lyric likens a toxic relationship to a bad habit like cigarettes or alcohol, supported by a very modern arrangement.

"The track is really edgy and fun, and the imagery of that metaphor, like, 'Baby you're a cigarette straight to my head,' or 'Alcohol and nicotine, that's you and me' -- I really loved the writing on it," she adds. "You know, a lot of habits are bad for us, and we say yes to them when we should say no. But we do them anyway!" she says with a laugh.

Bannen thinks the song is a perfect addition to the set for a run of upcoming club dates.

"It's just really fun to get to share music in a way that lets us connect with the fans, and that's what we hope to do with 'Smoke When I Drink,' is give them something until the EP comes out, until the album comes out," says the songstress.

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