On both renditions, Laine delivers the songs over slow acoustic guitar strums and shakers, with an accompanying banjo in “Let There Be Country.”
“We had such a great response from everyone on the new music, we thought it would be fun to release acoustic versions,” the American Idol winner said in a statement. “We’ve been busy with Knox (my producer) in the studio and can’t wait for everyone to hear more of what we’ve been working on these days.”
“I really wanted to release the acoustic version of these songs cause this is how I’ve been playing them recently. We’ve been performing them stripped down during the #vTour stops and now that I’m quarantined for a bit, I’ve just been playing them by myself at home with my guitar,” Laine added on Instagram.
The songs dropped alongside stunning two stunning videos that captures Laine performing the song against a picturesque backdrop that featured a lake and vast greenery.
In a previous interview with Sounds Like Nashville, Laine shared that when he first heard “Ground I Grew Up On,” he realized it encapsulated the place he calls home. “It’s so relatable to me, and that’s why I like it so much. The first line of the song that says, ‘That ain’t just dirt.’ That speaks a lot of words right there,” the Louisiana native said.
And with “Let There Be Country,” it’s another song that describes him to a T. “It just talks about country and that’s just who I am. I love the country and I’m just a simple country boy,” he added.
Listen to Laine’s acoustic treatment of “Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be Country” below, and watch the videos above.