The song originated with a guitar lick Denning came up with inspired by the vibe on Charles Kelley's "Dancing Around It
." After the singer played it to the other two songwriters, Archer suggested the "After A Few" title. Denning recalled to The Boot
"I immediately loved it for a few reasons: I had written songs called 'David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs
' and 'Heartbeat Of A Small Town,' and I'm like, 'I need a title that is literally just, like, three syllables. I can't write anymore long titles.' So she said 'After a Few,' and I was like, 'I love it.'"