As his first solo album, Sambora experimented with a more blues-oriented sound. He sings lead vocals and plays guitar on the album, backed by his Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres on drums and David Bryan on keyboards, joined by Tony Levin on bass guitar. Eric Clapton guest stars with a guitar solo on the track "Mr. Bluesman".
"Ballad of Youth", "One Light Burning" and "The Answer" were co-written with colleagues from his former club band Shark Frenzy. "Rosie" was originally intended to be a Bon Jovi song for their fourth album "New Jersey; versions of this song with the full Bon Jovi line-up have surfaced as bootlegs.
Stranger in this Town was released in 1991, while Bon Jovi was on a 17 month hiatus. Jon Bon Jovi also released a solo album, Blaze of Glory (1990), during this period.
The lead single, "Ballad of Youth", reached a high of #63 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #59 in the UK. The title track, "Stranger in This Town", charted at #38 on the Mainstream rock charts but "One Light Burning" failed to chart. All three singles were accompanied by music videos.