Better Than You

Album: Small Town Dreams (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This was the song that kickstarted the writing process for Hoge's Small Town Dreams album. He told Taste of Country: "I write often, and there's always kind of piles of songs laying around that start to group themselves together. The one that really started it for me, we were leaving a festival back in the summer, we had played in front of this big crowd, and my drummer and I were talking and we said, 'I wish we had one more song with this real driving, four on the floor, anthemic thing. I think we could have just killed it if we'd had one more song.'"

    "I had just written and recorded a demo of the song 'Better Than You' that's on the record, and so I grabbed my phone and I played it for him on the bus, and he was like, 'Man, that is exactly what we need.' So that sort of started the process, and shortly after that I had written 'Middle of America,' because we were gonna go in and record what we thought was gonna be the first single, which ended up being a song that didn't even make the record."

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