McCollum wrote "'Handle On" with Monty Criswell (George Strait's "I Saw God Today
," Eric Church's "Hell Of A View
") before he got back together with Hallie. "I was really going through it and I was drinking quite a bit and staying up all night trying to write sad country songs," he recalled. "I wasn't really writing anything at the time and woke up real late one day and Monty came over and he had this title called 'Handle On You,' and I said, 'Man, I've kind of been trying to get a handle on her,' and I was really kind of living that at the time."