Keith admitted to Billboard
magazine that when he first wrote and recorded this song, his first inclination was to leave it off Clancy's Tavern
. "About a year and a half ago, me and Bobby Pinson were writing that song and I said, 'Man, I might have to put this thing on the back burner for awhile," he said. "I've got 'Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue,' 'American Soldier,' I just did 'American Ride
' (in 2009)...a lot of America songs. They're just coming daily; if I did 'em all, that's all I'd record. I thought I should leave about three or four years between 'em and let the last one breathe a little, y'know? I figured ('Made in America') could wait for the next (album)."It was the reaction from the musicians and engineers in the studio, as well as those at his label, which convinced him otherwise. "I was in the booth singing the scratch vocal, and everyone was going, 'God, what a smash. That is awesome, pal!' he recalled. "Everyone was high-fiving and carrying on. I wasn't about to pop everyone's bubble and say, 'I ain't putting it on the album.' So I said, 'Alright, y'all win. Put it on there.'"