Speaking with The Boot
, Jerrod Niemann discussed the meaning of Free The Music
's closing cut, which he penned solo. "I still have a certain amount of a 'guy's guy' mentality," he said. "It's easy to say, 'Let's sing a song about why I'm so country, or why I'm so tough.' But to me, what really makes a man a man is when he isn't scared to say how he feels. My grandpa was a man of few words, but he wasn't scared to say 'I love you.' This song is saying, yes, I'm from a small town and have that small town mindset, but it's just as manly to wear your heart on your sleeve than to beat the hell out of somebody. It's OK to not be the manliest guy in the room."