Country music’s rising vocal powerhouse Karley Scott Collins is bringing her soulful, smoky grit to channel her grandma’s energy and charisma on her new single, “Marlboro Reds.”

The swampy rocker shines a light on Collins’ sharp songwriting, embodying the wit and wisdom that her family matriarch has earned during her colorful life.

Growing up, when nana would take a smoke break, we’d sit together and she’d tell me all about her life,” said Collins. “I think I heard every curse word for the first time, heard about how she got her first speeding ticket on the way to see Merle Haggard, laughed harder than I probably ever have, and learned a lot about the best and worst parts of life. Sitting next to nana is one of my favorite places to be in the world. I hope when people hear this one, they feel like they’re right there with me, nana, and her Marlboro Reds.”

Listen to “Marlboro Reds” below.

Having toured with Larry Fleet throughout last fall, Collins will soon open for one of her musical idols – Willie Nelson – on select dates in February and is set to make her European debut at C2C Festival (March 2-10). Appearing in Rotterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, Oslo, London, Glasgow, and Belfast, the songstress will perform as part of the Country Music Association’s Introducing Nashville set.

Karley Scott Collins