With this album, Roger Cowan was attempting to make a statement that he took his music seriously. Although not his first full-length release, it was the first time he was going to have all the bells & whistles. And he definitely realized that packaging and professional replication would be a part of releasing a “real” record.
The main goal of this 4-panel gate fold package was to give the sense that you were picking up a 50-year old record of a forgotten troubadour at some small side-of-the-road yard sale deep in East Texas.
However, instead of going after a straight rip-off of a vintage country record cover, Roger wanted to add a traveling carnival/medicine show aspect to the artwork to compliment the rootsy eccentricities of the music. The disc face and overlaid illustrations on the sleeve serve to achieve this.