The recordings bring together some formidable talents from a disparate range of musical worlds: collaborators include Laura Cantrell and singer-songwriter Lauren Balthrop on vocals, cellist-composer Erik Friedlander (The Mountain Goats, Martha Wainwright), guitarist and pedal steel player J. Tom Hnatow (Ringo Starr, Vandaveer, These United States), multi-instrumentalist Tony Scherr (Norah Jones, Bill Frisell, Sex Mob), bassist Blake Cox (Kelly Richey), pianist Lee Carroll (The Judds, Exile), pianist Dred Scott, and guitarist Steve Rauner (Nadine).