Florida Georgia Line knew they wanted something different for the first single off their sophomore album, and they found it in “Dirt.”
“You hear a song like that, you’ve got to cut it,” Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard told Billboard. “For us, it was definitely a no-brainer. We were just happy to be able to hear it and be able to cut it, and we think it’s gonna be a big one.”
Written by Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins, the song is currently No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.
“This is one of those songs that says, ‘Hey, we’ve got a lot of love and respect for more traditional country as well,’ Like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and all those guys that we also grew up listening to,” Hubbard continued.
When first writing the song, Tompkins explained that he had a rough concept for it when he initially sat down. “My family and I recently moved into a new home, and to say the least, there’s been some shovels and dirt piles hanging around,” he said.
Tompkins had the first few lines before Clawson came in and added his take on the “Dirt” theme.