The lead single from Dig Your Roots
, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley both passed on the song the first time they heard it. "Man, this song - it's a song that came in, kinda last minute I would say. We were already halfway into recording the album," Hubbard recalled to ABC News Radio
. "The song came in, me and BK gave it half a listen, probably not even to the chorus and said, 'Nah, that's not really us. We're gonna pass.'"
However, the FGL duo couldn't get the song out of their heads. "A couple weeks later, we just were both kinda like, 'Have you been listening to that "H.O.L.Y.," that song?' Sure enough, we were both like, 'Man, we gotta cut this! This is a special song," he remembered. "We both kind of fell in love with it over those few weeks of living with it, you know, and realized the power. Sometimes a song doesn't hit you right away, you know. Sometimes it takes a few seconds to actually get deep enough into the song to realize the power of that song."