Before the Frost…Until the Freeze was recorded live in five nights at the Woodstock, N.Y., barn/studio of Levon Helm, the drummer of The Band. Gorman explained to the California Chronicle September 1, 2009: "We're very happy with it. We had no idea what to expect, really. We had never done anything like that. We started off with an initial idea that we would go into a regular studio and have a dozen or so fans in there to watch and it kind of snowballed into going to Levon Helm's barn and studio up in Woodstock and having 200 people watching." Gorman added: "I think they loved it. At first, they were a little taken aback. I'm sure it felt like a gig to them, but we'd be in the middle of a song and then somebody would break a string or somebody would forget where the song goes or there would be a mistake and then we'd just stop dead. It wasn't like a regular show because we'd play the same song three or four times in a row until we got something we were happy with. We would all laugh about it, but the first two or three times it happened they were sort of shocked, like, 'Oh no, something's wrong.' But that's just making records, you know? So we would talk about it and remind whoever made a mistake or fix whatever went wrong. Don't forget, we were playing songs that we weren't that familiar with, so there was a lot of conversation before each take. We were reminding ourselves of how the songs go as we went along. "For the fans that were there, it was definitely a whole new way of looking at the band and seeing how the band operates."