The folks from The Boot caught up with Brett Eldredge and he explained his inspiration for his latest song “The Long Way.” Brett explained, “The Long Way” is a song I wrote with a guy named Matt Rogers. I had never written with him before.
He came to my place, walked in the door, and we sat down. Within 10 minutes, he had this idea that he wanted to run by him. This little — [sings] “Take me the long way around” — he had this little piece of a chorus.
I was struck by the whole idea of it. It was so authentic and endearing, in a way, for me, in a vulnerable place of you very much getting down to a conversation with someone you feel you have a connection with, and then really getting to know them deep down, their heart and their soul — taking a long way around their town for conversation. It really hit below the surface, and asking them questions that they’re not used to being asked, and really getting to know that person.
I think [we live] in a world where we don’t do enough of that, have conversations, anymore. I feel like it’s not as much of a thing as [it was for] my grandparents or parents. I want to encourage that as well.
I think it was a very powerful, powerful message, and it just connects. Every night I play it onstage, it’s one of my favorite moments on the show. Well done Brett, and very cool message. Catch the video here.