In a change from her work with the The Be Good Tanyas, Ford focused on performing soul for Obadiah. The album takes its name from Ford's middle name "Obadiah". When she was born, her parents asked her brothers to choose her middle name; they decided to name her after their pet cat Obadiah that had recently run away.
Ford recorded the album with guitarist Trish Klein, who was also in The Be Good Tanyas. Klein's partner, John Raham played drums and produced the album. Ford's mother, neighbor, and landlord also appear on the record.