Brad Paisley teamed up with Carrie Underwood to record this duet. The pair previously recorded "Oh Love" together in 2007, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. The duo have also co-hosted the CMA Awards together on several occasions. "We are probably going to look back on our careers as that being one of those moments that will be hard to beat," Paisley said in 2013.
This song about a husband and wife making an effort to rekindle their romance was inspired in part by the Loretta Lynn/Conway Twitty duet "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man." Instead of a standard duet structure where the girl and guy trade verses, it's a question and answer between the singers.
Paisley told Taste of Country
Carrie was the first person he called to sing with him on the song. He said: "I think we've become really close, having toured together and become friends and co-hosting the CMAs for several years. We just get along great and sing great together. She's probably pretty much my first choice to sing with when it comes to a duet with a woman like that. I mean, we just sort of share the same values and get along that well. And also, I just don't think there's a better singer than her, so it's sort of selfish to be able to sing with her and perform. Every take sounded like that [the final recording]."
The song's lyric finds a couple wrestling to rekindle the spark in their relationship. "It's about the conversation a couple would have. It could be seven months into the relationship, or it could be seven years, but everybody's been there," Paisley explained to The Boot
. "You could be 15 years old on your first dating relationship and wondering why you don't feel the way you did five or six months ago about this person. I love the honesty in that song."
Underwood explained during the Billboard Country Music Summit in Nashville, that doing a song together had been on the radar of the two stars for a while, but she doesn't like to force things. "We're not gonna sing 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' just because we both know it and we need to sing together. We both wanted to do this," she said. Once Paisley pushed back the release date of This is Country Music the pair were finally able to find the time to sort out a tune.
When Paisley had an idea for a song about a couple finding their way back to what used to be, he hummed it to Underwood on speakerphone while she was in L.A. hotel room. She saw the song's potential so Paisley sent her a work tape so they could figure it out together. Underwood recalled: "His son actually had a play date with Sheryl Crow's son and he asks her -- totally puts her on the spot, I'm sure -- to sing the female part. I have this work tape demo with Sheryl Crow singing my part. There's mumbling, a few lines here and there."
Underwood saw something in the song and flew back to Nashville to work with Paisley. "They were still changing lines," she noted. "It was the most unorganized thing I had ever been a part of. I had never done anything like that before. It all worked out so perfectly. I was so happy. I felt like that was given to us. I was so excited about the song once the words became established and I was so happy he didn't deliver [his album] on time. It kept it in the moment, just doing it off the cuff. It wouldn't have been the same song had we recorded it and recorded it."
For the song's music video the two stars looked to convey the song's tender sentiments, while not taking the romantic message too far. "We had to go very delicate in how we did it, because obviously we're both separately married to other people, and it would be weird with our friendship, being in this lovey-mushy-gushy story," Underwood explained to Extra: "We had to do it from an art perspective."The video, which was filmed in a desert, portrayed the tune's storyline in a way that fulfilled their aims. "It's a big metaphor - Carrie and I are in a desert walking towards one another. It's as symbolic as it gets in reference to the song," Paisley noted. "In the end, you should say, 'Wow, that looks like you guys had a great time.'"
Paisley co-wrote the song with Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois and he revealed the real inspiration for the duet came from an unlikely source. "We got the idea from this based on - I'm kinda jealous - of the way Kanye West or Eminem... they can take somebody and say, 'Here's what I want you to say' - and they're a character in the song," said the singer. "I don't think we do enough of that kind of creativity in country music."
The song topped the Billboard country chart giving Paisley and Underwood their 20th and 14th #1 singles, respectively.
Songwriter Amy Bowen, who once lived in Nashville and performed as Lizza Connor, filed a lawsuit claiming Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois lifted "Remind Me" from one of her own compositions. Bowen's case stems from a song she wrote in 2008 with the same title, which she played 19 times in public and also during a workshop which was attended by Lovelace and DuBois. Bowen alleged that the two songwriters told her it would work well as a duet, copied the tune and reworked it for Paisley and Underwood.
After a long court battle U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger eventually sided with Paisley, Lovelace and DuBois. She ruled on August 25, 2016 that there were "broader dissimilarities in context, structure, mood, melody, and harmony" between the two songs in question.