In September 2014, three songwriters (Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace) met for the first time in a cafe in East Nashville. By the next morning they had put the finishing touches to their first song, "Applewood Road," which they recorded live to tape at Nashville's all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979.
The song's nostalgic air, along with the clear, sparse arrangement of three vocals accompanied by double bass, drew immediate positive response, and they decided to expand the idea into a full album. Six months later, they reconvened to write, rehearse and record songs for the self-titled album Applewood Road. The songs were again performed live around a single microphone at Welcome to 1979 and recorded to two-track tape with minimal accompaniment from some of Nashville's finest session players, including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Josh Day, Fats Kaplin, Jabe Beyer, and Telisha Williams.
The tapes were assembled at London's most exclusive high-end mastering suite, Gearbox Records, mastered through their vintage analogue outboard, and lacquers cut in-house on their own Haeco lathe. This LP version also includes an exclusive 7" single, featuring "Losing My Religion" and "My Dear Companion," recorded live at Union Chapel in London.