The Oregon-born, Nashville-based Mat Kearney
recalled in publicity materials: "During a recent visit home, I broke into the University of Oregon music room, which was under construction. I jimmied the door open and climbed down this balcony. I wrote 'Straight Away' there." Kearney added to Relevant
magazine: "Breaking into places to write on a piano is actually common for me. I didn't own one until a year or two ago."