The song was partially inspired by a 1987 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band hit tune.
"I had told Jordan to make kind of a modern day 'Fishin' in the Dark' track, and he showed up with that…" Brian Kelley recalled to ABC Radio
"Nicole had the title for 'Smooth'…" he continued, "and I remember Tyler came in with that hook on the chorus, 'Good Lord Almighty'. And that kind of got us going down the chorus. We just wrote real hard that day and had a lot of fun."