The album is grown from the same rich soil that Phillips' long career, from Grant Lee Buffalo to his solo work has sprang from. The result is a beautifully human musical tapestry. The warm, live on the floor, instrumental bed is the perfect support for Phillips’ inimitable voice. This spontaneous approach has become a tradition among his solo works.
This record is supported by drummer Jay Bellerose (Raising Sand by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant) and bassist Jennifer Condos (Bruce Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad). On pedal-steel Eric Heywood lends impressionistic touches (Son Volt, The Jayhawks & Joe Henry).
Phillips sums up his inspiration, “I’m interested in writing about the quiet lives of people who are wrestling to hang on, trying to retain dignity, fighting back forces beyond their control. Ultimately, so much is out of our control. Confronting our dependence on one another can sometimes leave us feeling uneasy and yet we are inseparably linked. Music reminds of us of our connection to each other and I remain in awe of it. I’m not interested in pinning the songs down or reducing their mystery. I’m attempting to capture a sliver of time.”