This was the first single for the husband and wife duo Joey + Rory, who are the songwriter/guitarist Rory Feek and the singer Joey Feek. It is not a personal song, and the stage antics during their performances are purely for show, but the song is a fan favorite that strikes a chord with lots of people who have experienced infidelity. When we spoke with Joey and Rory
in 2010, Rory told us this story: "We had a lady who told us at a show one time that she was with this guy, her boyfriend, and he was in really bad health. She gave him her kidney, and then he cheated on her. So it don't get any worse than that. We had a lady, actually, last night who came up in the middle of our show - I mean, we were done, we played with Don Williams in Salina, Kansas, and we're at a autograph line afterwards. And there were just tons of people, all excited. And this woman bought a 'Cheater, Cheater' t-shirt. Most people just love that song, and they're excited, but she didn't just love the song, she was bawling. She was just crying. Her heart was broken, and she said, 'Unfortunately, this song really spoke to me.' And Joey just held onto her while she cried. She was so hurt. So believe it or not, that song, as silly as it is and fun as it is, it actually helps some people out there, they don't know what to do with the pain and stuff that they're feeling, and it gives them a little bit of strength."