The album was Case's first album on the Vanguard Records label after previously recording for the Geffen label. He had originally recorded and released the album on his own label before Vanguard took notice and re-issued it. Included are traditional songs and some of Case's own personal favorites. Case suffered from depression after being released by Geffen, but was pleased with Vanguard. “Vanguard takes on artists they believe in and lets them do what they need to do,” says Case. “That’s what they did in the ’60s — that’s what they’re famous for — and they’re living up to that legacy. That’s so alien to the big-time record industry, in my experience.”
Music critic Denise Sullivan of Allmusic called the album "The perfect introduction to traditional American music for rock fans; folk and blues fans will also appreciate the richness in Case's delivery. His reading of "Lakes of Pontchartrain" is one for the books."