This song appears on Riley's 2017 EP Can't Let You Go
, which was the last time she recorded with her original backing band. Riley built her career in the region around her hometown of Decatur, Illinois (she was born in the metro-area village of Long Creek). The area was once a thriving Midwest urban center until the 1990s, when economic and cultural shifts saw it experience a drastic decrease in population. It continued to lose people into the '10s.
Riley's perspective on the reality of the Nashville scene may inform her decision to build her career in her hometown, which does not have the kind of upward momentum that most would consider ideal for building a platform in music or any other creative art. With the departure of her original band, Riley started writing solo songs. In 2020 she released "Close To Me
," which was a hit on the regional scene and won the Midwest Music Expo listener's panel. That single got her exposure on a number of music sites and at least somewhat vindicated her decision to "make it" in her economically challenged hometown.