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Carrie Underwood announces new single, 'Smoke Break'

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Carrie Underwood has a new single, and it’s a drag. In a good way, that is. 

On Thursday, the country singer took to Facebook to announce “Smoke Break,” the first single off her Storyteller album, which drops Oct. 23. 

The track, which Underwood co-wrote with longtime collaborators Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano, tells the story of two seriously stressed-out people who are in need of a breather with a little bit of nicotine. 

“Sometimes I need a long drag/ Yeah I know it might sound bad, but sometimes I need a smoke break,” she sings on a guitar-heavy chorus. 

In a Facebook video announcing the track, Underwood called it “one of those story songs that I feel like everybody can relate to, about how life is so hectic and it’s so nice if and when you get to step away for a second.” In a Q&A following the announcement, she told fans to expect more of that format on the seemingly aptly-titled Storyteller. 

“I feel like a lot of the songs that I wrote and gravitated to ended up being more traditional and ‘twangy’ than anything I have ever done before,” she said. “I just went with it! I love the storytelling aspect of Country music…it’s one of the reasons I always wanted to be a part of it.”

“Smoke Break” debuted on country radio Thursday and will be available digitally at 11 p.m. ET. 

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