The song was written by singer-songwriter Josh Thompson
, Monty Criswell ("I Saw God Today
," "Like Jesus Does
") and Lynn Hutton ("Did It For The Girl
," "Cold One
The genesis of the song lies with something Monty Criswell's then-4-year-old daughter, Audrey, said. Reacting to a man pushing his way ahead of them at an open door during a Cracker Barrel visit, little Audrey commented to her grandma: "He's not much of a gentleman, is he?" They noticed that the suitably admonished male did hold the next door for the ladies. The story was related to Monty Criswell, who thought the decline of time-honored values among large chunks of the population could be the idea for a song. "The majority of people have become the minority," he told Billboard
magazine. "But I believe they're probably the majority still in country music."
Criswell attached the 'Freaks Like Me' title to his idea and brought it with him when he met with Lynn Hutton and Josh Thompson for a April 2015 songwriting appointment at Sea Gayle Music in Nashville. Though it wasn't the first topic they worked on at the session, it was the one that clicked. "We [spent] probably 15-20 minutes just playing with different ideas, and then he busted out with 'Freaks Like Me,' " recalled Thompson. "I was wondering where that was 15 minutes before."