Peter Asher produced the album. Known for his work with James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, Asher also produced Martin's albums with Edie Brickell. In a Songfacts interview
, he said of the Steep Canyon Rangers: "They are terrific musicians and have a more profound knowledge of bluegrass than I do, and it's a fairly constrained tradition. But, at the same time, we wanted to push it slightly out of the bluegrass range. It's a big difference between the albums I did with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, which are not bluegrass records, where I did use all kinds of different musicians on different tracks for different effects."