Michael Disfarmer lived in the small country community of Heber Springs, Arkansas and despite the fact that he was not a social man he took pictures of his townsfolk. During the 1940s and 1950s his black and white photos chronicled the people of the town. After his death his photos were discovered and he was then considered to be an important artist. Bill Frisell is one of the many artists who have been inspired by Disfarmer's photos.
Disfarmer's impact on Frisell led to a multi-media tour called Disfarmer Project. Frisell and his accompanying musicians played music to accompany a slide show of Disfarmer's photos. This CD was recorded in Seattle and Nashville. The songs from the show include originals and covers of songs by Hank Williams Sr. and Arthur Crudup. All the songs are subtle, layered, acoustic sounding, and beautiful.