Amos Lee recorded Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song
in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce. After tracking this song, they both felt something was initially missing and it was Lee's idea to ask Patty Griffin to sing with him on the track. "I love what she does," he stated to The Boot
. "I love the way she writes and the way she sings, and I knew that Jay had worked with her before, and that her piano is in that studio. So I just figured I'd ask Jay, "Hey man, if Patty would be into singing on this, that'd be great. If she doesn't want to, that's cool, too, but I love what she does.'"
The resulting track turned out just as Lee hoped "I think she brought the song to a whole other level, which is what I thought she would do," he said. "So it was pretty cool. You bring people in who you trust and admire, and just let them do what they do."