This was released as the first (and only) single from Mullins' album 9th Ward Pickin Parlor
, named for the New Orleans studio where he recorded much of it before Hurricane Katrina destroyed it.
By this time, Mullins was deep into a career that started with years of struggle playing the kind of places he sings about here. In 1998 he had a breakout hit with "Lullaby
," but couldn't muster another substantial hit. After his group The Thorns split up, he signed with Vanguard Records, where he released 9th Ward Pickin Parlor
Mullins never came close to the heights of his "Lullaby" fame, but that song earned him a solid fan base and an upgrade to theaters. "Beautiful Wreck" remains one of his most popular songs and a staple of his setlists.