The album's title comes from an automobile, introduced by the Hudson Motor Company in 1932, that was also the inspiration for the Robert Johnson song "Terraplane Blues
." "'Terraplane' just seemed like a good title," Earle explained to American Songwriter
. "It's a car. It's a fast car. I've never wanted to learn how to play 'Terraplane,' and I don't know for sure if I will do it. I'm trying to figure if I can do it. It's a hard song to sing, so I gotta find some version of it that works for me."