In a Songfacts interview with Jim Lauderdale
, he explained that this song makes a statement about country music, and about how he'd like to hear a lot more twang on the radio. Regarding the shift in country music to a more slick, polished style, Lauderdale said: "It used to disappoint me, but it started many years ago, and so I've grown used to the fact that all genres of music change, and whereas I do have a real soft spot for traditional country and bluegrass, it's moved on. Just like rock and roll has changed, you know, today's rock isn't the same as it was 30 or 40 years ago.
Some of my friends say all their of country went away in 1975. But there's been a lot of great stuff since. So I don't really subscribe to that. But, you know, country has been real influenced in the last 45 years by rock and roll. Stylistically it's kind of merged. But that's the nature of music."