This disc sounds great. it truly is remarkable to hear the different takes on songs; i've heard wilco do them so many times it's refreshing to hear a new perspective. You can tell everyone brings their own personality to their recording. i wanted to do a hip hop version of Ashes but since i actually have no experience with hip hop, i ended up creating some kind of hybrid. My process was the same for how i usually record: i played sort of a guide track on my acoustic so i would know where the sections of the song lie then worked from there. You don't hear a single note of that track on the finished product. A Shure SM57 was the only mic used; it was used to record vocals, Yamaha acoustic guitar, Hohner student melodica, and Gretsch lap steel. The melodica is the reedy instrument that's featured in the second verse & chorus. i used the lap steel solely for feedback. i reversed the sound of the feedback and that is the intro. The organ, drums, and bass were VSTi. Oh, and i recorded everything in Cubase. i highly recommend getting a melodica. They are a lot of fun and fairly cheap. You can get in a surprisingly diverse set of sounds out of them if played creatively. i feel honored to be a part of this. Everyone did such a great job! The artwork is great. Thanks for your hard work and patience, Donna!