Ryan Hurd shines a light on how he met his fiancée Maren Morris during this song – with some poetic license.
"['Love In a Bar'] is very much an autobiographical song about my relationship with Maren," Hurd told People
. "I met Maren writing songs and I met her when I was starting to have success. We wrote 'Last Turn Home
,' that Tim McGraw recorded, and we would write and then after we'd go over to a bar in midtown and have a couple beers. That's when we started making a real connection, beyond a creative partnership."
"The imagery in 'Love In a Bar' - the cigarettes and a Corona - those are vivid pictures in my head and I'm giving the listener a version of that in their head," he added. "It's such an expression sonically. That's who I was at 28 years old and that's the thing my heart was chasing and the thing my music was gravitating toward."