This is the first single from Staind vocalist Aaron Lewis's debut solo Country album, The Road. "It's definitely proof that I can write a happy song," Lewis told OC Weekly. "It was a straightforward and easy story to tell."
Lewis first got into Country music as a child thanks to his grandfather. Kid Rock later revived his interest after Staind toured with him in 1999. The frontman told OC Weekly that he wrote each track for his first solo set while crossing the country with Staind. "It wasn't like I was writing a song for today's country radio. I wasn't limiting myself," he noted. "If a song came out, it would come out and go on the record."
The song's music video futures a live performance and was directed by Jim Wright.
Lewis explained why this song is so upbeat. "It's just the story of the weekend trips I take with my wife and my daughters to our little beach cottage," he said. "It's hard not to be happy when I think about that."
This song finds Lewis singing about digging for clams and fishing striped bass with his daughters. "If we catch a keeper we throw it on the grill," he told Reuters. "The beauty of the adventure that I'm on now is I can write songs about stuff like that. I could never bring a song like that to the table for Staind."
Lewis added that writing "Endless Summer" was a "refreshing and a nice change" from his metal past. "I remember having a big smile on my face the whole time I was writing it," he said. "In the past, what's usually coming up for lyrics is not smiley material. The song wrote itself in 10 minutes."
Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" is a mashup of "Werewolves Of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama." The album it came from was released in October, 2007, but they held off until summer, 2008 for a more seasonable release.