Can't Hide Red

Album: Can't Say I Ain't Country (2019)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard amd Brian Kelley co-wrote this redneck anthem with Rob Hatch, James McNair and Ben Stennis. Hubbard explained during a press event that it started "as a joke song" before turning into a rocking party tune that they knew they had to include on Can't Say I Ain't Country.
  • The song features a vocal contribution by Jason Aldean. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have co-penned several of Aldean's most popular songs, such as "Burnin' It Down," "Lights Come On" and the singer's 2018 hit "You Make It Easy," but this is the first time that the Macon, Georgia native has actually appeared on one of their tunes.
  • Aldean explained that the idea of doing a song together started with a text message. "They just sent it to me," he recalled. "I mean, I'm in touch with those guys a lot, and they'll send me songs... If they know we're going into the studio, they'll send me stuff. This was just one they sent me where they asked if I'd wanna jump on their record and do it."
  • When the FGL duo came up with this song they thought it was right down Aldean's alley. Once he agreed to jump on it they then had to tackle the specifics of how they were going to incorporate the "You Make It Easy" singer.

    "We toyed around with, 'How do we put Aldean on this song?' and it's like hey, something different, he's on our album but let's put him first verse," Kelley recalled to Taste of Country. "Let's start this thing off with him. We think we nailed it. The moment his voice comes in it gives me the chill bumps. I think it's the coolest thing. All the little details, everything matters when we're building a song and doing a collaboration. Every song, every moment, every word… everything matters."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

90s Metal

90s MetalFact or Fiction

Test your metal - Priest, Maiden, and Beavis and Butt-head show up in this one.

Lori McKenna

Lori McKennaSongwriter Interviews

Lori's songs have been recorded by Faith Hill and Sara Evans. She's performed on the CMAs and on Oprah. She also has five kids.

Al Kooper

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.

Randy Newman

Randy NewmanSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.

Ed Roland of Collective Soul

Ed Roland of Collective SoulSongwriter Interviews

The stories behind "Shine," "December," "The World I Know" and other Collective Soul hits.

16 Songs With a Heartbeat

16 Songs With a HeartbeatSong Writing

We've heard of artists putting their hearts into their music, but some take it literally.