Knotty Pine Dining Room Set

John Carlin and Aaron Dessner approached Martin Mills and Richard Russell of Beggars Group with the idea for the album. Their selection of artists to include was an attempt to “capture this musical renaissance, which may not have the cultural impact of grunge or punk, but is equally significant from a cultural and creative standpoint. . . these artists are not fringe or marginal. ” The American folk roots of the compilation are acknowledged in the title and exemplified by tracks such as the cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Was Young When I Left Home”. Production of the album was focused on supporting the Red Hot Organization, as Dessner says “a lot of the artists wouldn’t take the money. . . Beggars agreed to be really transparent about how it’s done, so as much money flows to the charity side as possible. ”