Due to Breau's drug problems, the album took nearly two years to complete.
Atkins was instrumental in getting Lenny his first recording contract after hearing one of his (Lenny's) studio tapes. Atkins stated in an interview for Frets magazine: "Paul Yandell first brought Lenny to my attention around 1966. I immediately knew that here was one of the great players of this world. He had taken some of my fragmentary ideas, and gone on and on into musical areas I had never dreamed of."
Atkins also produced and recorded two other releases by Breau. Chet said of his longtime friend: "He was a great fingerstylist with fathomless knowledge. His legend will continue to inspire future generations."
Writing for Allmusic, music critic Robert Taylor wrote of Standard Brands: "The pairing of these two guitar legends for a series of guitar duets was long overdue, but thankfully was well preserved and finally reissued... The interplay between the duo is a fascinating lesson in the old teaching the new and vice versa... A wonderful piece of guitar history."