The record co-stars the best musicians Schroder could get, including guitarist Duke Levine (Roseanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter), keyboardist Jamie Edwards (Lori McKenna, Sara Bareilles), bassist Annie Hoffman and drummer Steve Chaggeris. Bob Ludwig, the Grammy-winning mastering pro (Beyonce, Beck and Carrie Underwood, etc.) put on the finishing touches.
"The reward has been in the journey," Schroder says, after a rebirth that elevated his songwriting and reignited his career. He hopes now his new stuff will get the attention many already feel it deserves. "If you don't have great songs," he says, "nothing else matters.”