Charles Kelley acknowledges the irony of hooking up with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay for his first single away from Lady Antebellum. "It's funny: I put out a single with two other guys, and they're like, 'He's taking a break from a trio, and he's putting out a song with a trio,'" Kelley quipped to The Boot
. "It's some different styles. The key for me was just really wanting to get back to songs that I always just loved and a style that I loved. 'The Driver' kind of set the tone for what I wanted to say, and lyrically it especially did. It was something different."