Acorn wrote the song with Reid Isbell, who has previously written songs for the TV show Nashville, as well as Tucker Beathard.
“It was the first time we had ever written together,” Acorn said. “We had actually written it for a guy, from a male perspective. For the longest time, I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I love this song, but I don't think I could ever put out something like that,’ because it was very geared towards a man.”
But now that defiant attitude towards gender roles that the song takes is something she loves about it.
“It's like you're going on blind date,” she said. “You don't know this person, you don't know their story, and they don't know my story or who I am. So to go in and tell them what's going on your life […] there’s something so weird about it but also so cool.”
As for if she prefers co-writing or writing alone, Acorn said she doesn’t have a preference.
“There is something so special I think about being able to write songs by yourself and [...] being able to put out something so personal, but at the same time, it's fun when you get in a room with somebody,” Acorn said.
Production-wise, "Red White" plays into the trend of pop-country, but Acorn said that’s just a product of the music she listens to.
Lonestar and Garth Brooks were some of her favorites growing up, but she said she also listened to pop-punk and rock music.
“I think [the sound of “Red White”] is just me. I want to obviously put out music that I love, and music that is from my heart and my soul,” Acorn said. “I wouldn't be myself if I wasn't putting out you something that didn't have punk pop and rock elements or that didn't have the country elements.”
Currently, there’s no definite plan for the release of a new EP or album, but Acorn said she’s “always ready.”
“It just depends … obviously I want to focus on this song right now and get it out and see how it does,” Acorn said. “I'm really excited about this song. I don't think I've been this excited about a song in a really long time. And I’m excited for what’s to come.”
Stream “Red White” on Spotify.