Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley's original demo for "Dirt" was much more modern than Pardi's final recording. "'Dirt on My Boots' is a very club, honky tonk kind of song," Pardi told Radio.com
. "The demo was way out there, it was super-hip-hop. But I loved the lyrics, the lyrics were so country, they were talking about getting off work, getting on a tractor, he's gonna pick up his girl, he's got dirt on his boots. I just loved that, that really appealed to me. So we took it and we made it more country."
"And I think it kind of really made a cool sound. It's got a killer groove on it, it's got the fiddle and the steel guitar, the big guitars, the big rock section in the middle," Pardi continued. "As an artist, you can't always do the same thing every time; you want to push yourself. So this is like a very modern sound, but with a twist of my traditional sound. It's real fun, and it's gonna be fun to play."