This toe-tapping track is the first single from the third Zac Brown Band album, Uncaged. Frontman Zac Brown penned the song with frequent songwriting partner Wyatt Durrette and Georgia singer-songwriter Levi Lowrey, who has performed as supporting act for the band. "'The Wind' is a barn-burnin', bluegrass tune off this record," said Zac of the tune to The Boot. "It's probably the most country song we've ever done."
Durrette explained to The Boot that the song's chorus was inspired by somebody that he loves very much. "I was laying in bed and had just woken up, and my son had crawled in bed with me earlier that night," he recalled. "He was laying next to me; I opened my eyes and there was his face. The chorus, 'where the wind blows,' I wrote it about just looking at him and never feeling a love like that in my entire life."
The song's animated music video was directed by Beavis & Butthead and King of the Hill creator Mike Judge. It shows Zac Brown being rebuilt by his bandmates after a truckin' adventure in the woods goes wrong. Brown is eventually reincarnated as guitar-shredding, big game hunting robot, Robo Redneck.
Multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook explained to Roughstock why the band decided to collaborate with Mike Judge. "Well, I think it's always been in the back of our minds that we were going to do something with him, at least from three years ago," he said. "And the planning went into it a couple of months ago that we were going to do the first single and that was it. It was one of those things where we always knew we were gonna work with Mike and it's finally happened, you know?"