"A Liturgy, a Legacy, & a Ragamuffin Band" is an example of a concept album, as stated in the liner notes by Mullins and album producer Reed Arvin:
Cuts 2-6 of this album loosely follow the pattern of a liturgy - a tool used for collective worship. In it there is proclamation, praise, confession of sin, affirmation of faith and celebration of grace. Cuts 7-12 are a consideration of our "secular" heritage, issues and ideas that play themselves out in the history of our country.
"How To Grow Up Big And Strong" was recorded in honor of its writer, singer Mark Heard, who died in 1992.