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Hear Haley and Michaels’ Brooding ‘Drinking About You’

“We took more chances with our new music. We’re excited about the moodiness and edge,” says the duo’s Ryan Michaels

While the “buzzworthy” label handily applies to married country-pop duo Haley & Michaels, it’s another type of buzz that’s at the center of the couple’s latest single and lyric video. “Drinking About You” is a woozy, whiskey-fueled look at the ways alcohol stokes the fires of passion or numbs the senses when those flames are nothing but flickering embers. The bittersweet power ballad is a smoky blend of Haley & Michaels’ penchant for introspective lyrics and arena-rock-inspired production, smoothed by the pair’s mellow, organic harmony singing.

“‘Drinking About You’ is a drinking and over-thinking song about two people who are missing each other and don’t know it,” the duo’s Ryan Michaels tells Rolling Stone Country. “We took more chances with our new music. . . We’re excited about the moodiness and edge that was captured.”

Featured on Haley & Michaels’ latest six-song EP, Taking Off, “Drinking About You” takes a decidedly different look at a relationship than the duo’s romantic, quintessential wedding song, “Giving It All (To You).” But the couple’s initial encounter also involved beverages. Michaels and wife Shannon Haley first met face-to-face over coffee in Nashville and soon found out they grew up in Northern California towns just three miles apart.

Haley & Michaels, who spent last summer opening shows for Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young and Old Dominion, have to date amassed more than 700,000 streams of “Drinking About You.”

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