The album was produced by country veteran Bobby Braddock, who wrote his fair share of hit breakup tunes ("He Stopped Loving Her Today
"). He wasn't immediately sold on "Austin," though, which was written by David Kent and Kirsti Manna. And neither was Blake. "About a third of the way through the song, I was thinking, 'This is pretty corny,'" Braddock recalled in his 2015 memoir, A Life on Nashville's Music Row
. "About two thirds of the way through, I thought, 'This is kinda like one of those Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan love stories.' By the end of the song, I had a lump in my throat. Blake, not the real 'sensitive guy,' found it a little mushy for his taste, but I asked him to listen again, and he warmed up to it a bit."