Chesney was Ballerini's first and only choice to be her duet partner on this song because of their Knoxville link. However, the chances seemed remote as the country superstar rarely signs on to guest on an outside song. His previous featured artist credit was on Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' "Stars
" back in 2012.
Ballerini was determined to get Knoxville's most famous son on the track. As soon as she'd finished recording her vocal part, she sent it to Chesney as a text message. "Next day, he wrote back, and he was like, 'I love this song. It made me emotional listening to it,'" Ballerini recalled. "Because, you know, I think we have really similar upbringings."