Bryan admitted that his producer Jeff Stevens wasn't sure about the idea of him taking on his haters with a song. "I turned the song in to him," the country star remembered, "and Jeff's like, 'Luke, I don't know about it. You've never had to kind of stand up for who you are through your music.' He goes, 'You don't have to answer to your haters.'"
But Bryan was determined to lay down the track. "I said, 'Well, Taylor Swift did it in "Shake It Off
" and it kinda went well for her.' And it was done perfectly. When I heard that, I was like 'You go, girl!'"
"So, with 'What Makes You Country,' you know, if they hear that chorus, 'I got my dirt road cred when I was 12, on a no-cab tractor hauling hay bales' - which I did and still do! And they still want to call me not country, then they're just being ignorant." he concluded.