Dave Matthews was a fellow bartender to Mark Roebuck, and assisted Roebuck in writing and recording an entire album. Ten folk rock songs were recorded during the Tribe of Heaven sessions. Of these nine were ultimately released, including five written solely by Roebuck, three by Roebuck and Matthews, and a cover of U2's "In God's Country." The tracks were recorded at the studio in Greg Howard's home in Scottsville, Virginia during two separate sessions in 1989. Howard played keyboards on "Imagine We Were" and "Half the Time," and Mike Rosenski played guitar on "Touch."