In the early '90s, country music was experiencing a shift away from traditionalism and into "New Country," a hybrid of country and pop that propelled the likes of Garth Brooks and Billy Ray Cyrus to fame (see "Achy Breaky Heart
"). Tippin, a self-proclaimed hillbilly from South Carolina with a voice to match, was in danger of becoming too country according to his record label, especially with this song. He explained in a Songfacts interview
: "'My Blue Angel' was particularly important to me, because there had not been a country-blues yodeling song at the top of the charts in 40 years till that song came along. There were a lot of folks at the record label who said, 'That song's not a hit, it's just too country.'"