Shelton recalled to The Tennessean
that he was hanging out with a turkey-hunting pal of his at his farm in Oklahoma when his manager texted him asking permission to pass along his phone number to Brooks. Shelton's answer was an immediate yes. Brooks called about 30 minutes later and said, "I've got this song I wrote. I wanted to see if I could send it over to you and you tell me what you think about it."
Shelton was excited about the prospect hooking up with his hero; in fact, he was ready straight away to agree to work on any project with Brooks. "I'm going to tell you right now, even without hearing the song, I'm apt to say, 'Hell yes, I'll do it,'" he told the legendary country star.
Brooks laughed and said, "You should at least hear the song."
Shelton received "Dive Bar" later that night, and after listening to it four or five times, he thought it reminded him of Brooks' most defining works, such as "Friends In Low Places
" and "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)
"He just tapped back into that mid-'90s stuff when I was deciding I wanted to be a country singer and all I could imagine was being the next Garth Brooks," Shelton said. "He didn't need me on this, but I'm not going to tell him that."