Atkins said in the Augusta Chronicle that this patriotic song hit him the very first time that he heard it. He explained: "It's just one of those pick-you-up and make-you-pump-your-fists-and-sing-along kind of songs." Atkins added: "It has become kind of an anthem for folks struggling. I have seen people at shows pumping their fists and singing along with tears in their eyes and realized how real the lyrics are for some people."
This was the 5th country #1 for Atkins. His previous four all came from the country singer's 2006 album If You're Going Through Hell.
Old Dominion made their acting debut in the song's music video. We see some members of the band, who were just starting out at the time, piling out of a minivan at about 2:25. Their cameo appropriately coincides the bridge section "it's a kid with a chance... it's a rock n roll band!'"