Felder conceived the album after his firing from the Eagles, the ensuing lawsuit and the divorce from his wife of 29 years. During the period he wrote his autobiography Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001), and a number of songs. Felder said he was inspired to "write out the stories of my life as songs. After I collected myself, I found I needed to go out and play music again, and that's how I began recording the album. In the process, I found out who I really am. I had to find out what happened when I almost lost it all."
The album was produced by Felder and Robin DiMaggio and includes guest appearances from David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Steve Lukathar, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Randy Jackson, Tommy Shaw and others.