A Little More Love

Album: This Ride (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • Jerrod Niemann teams up here with his pal and labelmate Lee Brice. Though they've been friends since the early 2000s, this is the first time they've put out a song together.
  • It was Brice who had initially demoed the tune. Niemann recalled to The Boot receiving a phone call from his pal, telling him, "I found this song that Curb put on hold for me, but it sounds like something you'd record. So I want to give it to you if you want it."

    "I thought, 'What are you implying? Why don't you want this song?'" Niemann added. "And then when I heard it, I realized it was something that I'd love to be a part of."

    However, after Brice listened to it a few more times he decided that he wanted to be part of the song as well. "We always talked about recording music together, so we thought, 'Why don't we go do it? Just figure it out?'" Niemann said. "We went old school: We stood in the same room. We used two different mics, but we sang at the same time, like back in the day when you had to. It made it way cooler, I guess, the vibe of being there together and capturing the essence of the hang in the studio."
  • It was the song's important lyrical content, which made it such an appropriate one for Niemann to record with his pal. "I think, it's not a preachy song, but I think the world just keeps getting crazier and crazier, [and] I couldn't think of a better message to record with Lee," he said. "As a friend, he's done so many wonderful things for me, and we've shared a lot of great memories, and share a lot of fans out there, too; we've had some great times. I'm hoping people will hear this song and, whether we cross paths or not, it will take them to somewhere special."

    "There's a lot of great things around us," Niemann added. "We're always aspiring to have something different, something tangible, but it's the intangible that makes life what it is."
  • Brice explained the collaboration to Rolling Stone Country. "It was not meant to be a duet at all, but I felt Jerrod all over it," he said. "The groove, the message, the feeling of the song - it all screamed my best friend. We've been harmonizing together for years, playing live shows together for years, and you can hear that friendship on the final recording. We worked on a cool harmony part that almost sounds like two lead vocals going, rather than traditional harmony."
  • The video was shot at Panama Beach, beneath sunny Florida skies. It shows Niemann and Brice waking up on a beach and discovering that they've missed their flight. "There's a guy who takes us to this treasure chest full of money and gold," Niemann explained. "He tells us to go spread the love, so that's what we do."

    "We go to this used car lot, buy an El Camino with horns on the hood and try to help people out," he continued. "There are some kids at a lemonade stand, and we hook them up. Some women whose car breaks down. A businessman who needs a break."

    "It was fun to roll around Florida with my best buddy," Newmann concluded, "and just help people, like we'd love to do in reality."
  • The track is intended to be inspirational and encouraging to everyone who hears it. "What I do like about the song is, it's not, 'Hey, live this way, or this way,'" Niemann shared with The Boot. "It's, 'Sometimes the best things in life are in front of you. You don't need to buy the most extravagant things, or you don't need to chase everything in a rat race to have a great life.'"

    "Some of my favorite memories are my childhood in a little dinky town, maybe fishing with my dad and my brother, for instance. All you needed was a pole and a stack of worms, and you're good to go," he continued. "I think it's good to get back to the basics in our country."

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