Kelleigh Bannen Gives Ultimatum in “Cheap Sunglasses”

Singer-Songwriter Delivers CMT Next Women of Country Live Performance

Some people just have a way with words, and Kelleigh Bannen is one of them.

Great songwriters are storytellers who take symbolism, imagery and wit and combine it with heart, soul and often personal experience to craft a song.

Reading between the lines is never more fun than it is with Bannen, proven by her clever “Cheap Sunglasses,” a tale about the looming expiration date of summer love that one of two lovers is having a hard time accepting.

“I don’t want to be your cheap sunglasses,” she tells the one she loves in the driving chorus of the tune, likening the sunglasses to their actual relationship: fun, cute, convenient and comfortable … but not something you’d be terribly upset over it you lost it.

Dang, girl. That one hits us hard.

Bannen has established a reputation as a confessional writer of songs that are visceral, gut-punching and empowering in their relatability. She writes for us all and sings with such soulful, raspy passion, you truly feel you’re right there as part of the story.

Check out Bannen’s acoustic performance of the song for Next Women of Country Live. We’ll have more from Carly Pearce, Brandy Clark, Ruthie Collins, Lindsay Ell, Courtney Cole, Cassadee Pope and Tara Thompson in the days to come.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.