Blowin' Smoke

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"Blowin' Smoke"
Single by Kacey Musgraves
from the album Same Trailer Different Park
ReleasedApril 1, 2013 (2013-04-01)
FormatDigital download
GenreCountry rock
LabelMercury Nashville
  • Luke Laird
  • Shane McAnally
  • Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves singles chronology
"Merry Go 'Round"
"Blowin' Smoke"
"Follow Your Arrow"

"Blowin' Smoke" is a song recorded by country music singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves. The song is featured on her major label debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. It was released April 1, 2013 as the album's second single.[1] It was written by Musgraves, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally. As of July 10, 2013, the single has sold 135,000 copies in the United States.[2]


The song is about a waitress who is "down on her luck" and aspires to do better, but is "just blowin' smoke". The title is a double meaning, referencing the fact that the waitress is smoking a cigarette while also playing on the term "blowing smoke", which Musgraves refers to as meaning "talking shit".[3]

The song opens and closes with the ambient noise of a Waffle House restaurant, recorded by co-writer and co-producer Luke Laird.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes at Taste of Country said "every element of 'Blowin' Smoke' works together to fill in gaps in a listener’s mind, especially one who’s never behind the bar or in front of a line cook, nervously tapping on a steel counter while their table’s food is prepared. The peculiarity of subject matter may prevent this single from being a chart-topper, but one gets the feeling that’s not the singer’s measure of success anyway".[5] Matt Bjorke at Roughstock said the song "features an interesting story about how we all say we're gonna do things and change our lives but we end up not doing it. It's honest and real, unlike so much of Today's music".[6] Daryl Addison at GAC says "Kacey sings with more than a hint of her character’s jealous contempt, we’re all out here talkin’ trash, makin’ bets, lips wrapped ’round our cigarettes, when a fellow waitress follows her heart to Vegas.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Honey premiered on CMT and GAC in May 2013.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

"Blowin' Smoke" debuted at number 56 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart for the week of April 13, 2013. It also debuted at number 48 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 27, 2013. It also debuted at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart for the week of June 22, 2013.



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Future Releases for Country Music - April 1, 2013". Radio & Records. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-07-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Carlin, Shannon (May 6, 2013). "Kacey Musgraves Tackles Diner Life On 'Blowin' Smoke'". Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  4. ^ Same Trailer Different Park (CD booklet). Kacey Musgraves. Mercury Records Nashville. 2013. B0018029-02.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Dukes, Billy. "Kacey Musgraves, 'Blowin' Smoke' - Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Album Review: Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 16 March 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  7. ^ Addison, Daryl. "GAC Album Review: Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer Different Park". Great American Country. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : Kacey Musgraves : Blowin' Smoke". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  9. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Kacey Musgraves Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 16, 2013" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 16, 2013. p. 21. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  14. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Kacey Musgraves – Blowin'Smoke". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.