Doc Watson and David Grisman first met in the early 1960s when Watson was playing at Gerde's Folk City in New York. Grisman, only 17 years old, was invited on stage by Watson to join him on mandolin for a rendition of “In the Pines”.
Mostly recorded at Grisman's home over a period of years, the recordings are informal and pulled from numerous recording sessions. In the liner notes, Grisman described the sessions: "These tapes document some wonderful 'after-dinner' sessions at my home during several of Doc's visits. Tunes were selected spontaneously and more often than not, played only once. We're pleased to share some of these moments."
Writing for Allmusic, the music critic S. Colby Miller wrote of the album, "The tracks are mainly traditional country and bluegrass tunes played lovingly and often with great restraint... This is an intimate collaboration between two men at the top of their craft who share a passion for acoustic music. It is a pleasure to listen in."
Stephen Hatfield of No Depression wrote, "Beyond the song selection and quality picking, the true source of bliss in this music is the level of familiarity and comfort it exudes. Listening to the music, one can almost imagine the two of them trading licks and guffaws right there on the front porch. Watson’s warm voice and conversational tone only add to the intimacy"