The song initially debuted on WUOG, the University of Georgia’s radio station, but is now available for purchase in the form of a double A-side 7-inch. The other track featured on the release is Green’s “No One’s Gonna Love You,” which inspired Band of Horses decision to cover “Georgia.”
Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell described the process of making the song in a press release:
“This began as a very random idea I had on my dad’s patio after we watched our beloved Georgia Bulldog football team get robbed of a win at the hands of the referees and LSU last year. I knew I wanted to pay homage to my favorite team in song but didn’t have any idea how to begin. Once I heard Cee Lo’s ‘Georgia,’ I was immediately smitten and figured that’s as good as any tribute to any state I’ve ever heard. It wasn’t until I heard his cover of our song though that it occurred to me: Duh, we should return the favor. Incorporating the Redcoat marching band was just the icing on the cake! This song is so nostalgic to me as my parents grew up in Atlanta and have so many family members in the great state of Georgia. It’s always been a second home of sorts. We’ve played some great shows there as well, including our run of annual New Years Eve shows in Atlanta from 2007-2009.”
You can check out the 7-inch here.