The band performed a countrified version of this on VH1 Storytellers
. Thomas grew up in South Carolina and thought it was comical when early Matchbox Twenty reviewers claimed to hear the Southern influence in the band's songs, despite the frontman being the only one from the South. Then, he thought, maybe his boyhood diet of songs by country storytellers like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and the like shaped his songwriting - so the band decided to add a country flavor to the "Push" performance.
In a 2020 Songfacts interview
, we asked Thomas why he didn't pursue country music when his early influences were country singers. He replied: "The songs I write are just what comes out of me. I could try to write a certain style but it will always just sound like me. I just think that growing up on those legends made me think more about telling stories with the imagery in the lyrics. But I went from not knowing there was any other kinds of music out there besides those artists to becoming kind of obsessed with the '80s alt wave that was happening. So I feel like every song I ever write could be a country song if you broke it down but always seems to have that pop sensibility."