Miranda Lambert is not about to sing about a girl shaking her ass on someone’s tailgate.
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that kind of party song. It’s just not one Lambert would ever consider cutting.
“I can’t sell party songs. I mean, I have them all on my iPod, but I cannot say, ‘Tailgate, she’s a hot ass, dancin’,’” Lambert said. “I can’t sell that as a female artist. That would sound weird.”
What she can do, though, is sing a different kind of party song. One she and songwriters Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird talk about in a new video on Billboard.com.
This song, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” they all concur, is more about hanging with friends, prom, campfires, innocence, youth, high school loves and ones that got away. And, yes, smoking and drinking — but not in an excessive way.
“It really, really, really makes me want to smoke and drink,” Lambert says. “I don’t smoke. But I drink. A lot.”
She admits that when she heard this song, she realized this could be her spin on the Friday night anthem.
“This could be my version of a party song,” Lambert says she remembers thinking. “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.’”