This album serves as a follow-up to Browne's 2005 release, Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1, which was his first live release since 1977's landmark Running on Empty. These performances were recorded at various locations in the United States and Europe during Browne's solo acoustic tour.
Music critic Thom Jurek, writing for Allmusic, criticized the between-songs commentary, but wrote that Browne's songs "communicate so directly that, presented in this manner, with only an acoustic guitar or a piano as accompaniment, we can find ourselves wandering around in reverie, or re-glimpsing the traces of emotion and time's passage as signposts to the way we live now... these 12 songs are quietly powerful, full of a particular craft and enigmatic gifts — no matter when they were written or recorded. Browne has never lost it as a songwriter; this is the proof.