Livin' or Dyin' is the third studio album by country music artist Jack Ingram, released in March 25, 1997. It was his only album on the Rising Tide Records label due to that label shutting down soon after its release. The first two singles of Ingram's career were released from this album, "That's Not Me" and "Flutter". They both charted poorly with "Flutter" peaking at No. 51 while the other failed to chart in the United States.
Livin' or Dyin' was produced by country artists Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy, credited on the album as the Twang Trust. Of the 14 songs on the album, 9 were written or co-written by Ingram. The last track, "Airways Motel" was written with Portland, Oregon based Alt-country artist Todd Snider, who also plays acoustic guitar on the track.
"Dallas" was originally recorded by Jimmie Dale Gilmore in 1989 on his self-titled album. "Rita Ballou" first appeared on Guy Clark's 1975 debut album, Old No. 1. "Imitation of love" was originally recorded by George Jones in 1966. Ingram had previously recorded a more stripped down version of "Flutter" on his 1995 eponymous debut album. "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" is a cover of Vern Gosdin from his 1985 album Time Stood Still.