The album's titled Nature Boy and that's the name of the track that kicks it off. In it Jackson, MO singer/songwriter Doug Rees reveres all of nature: even an ugly old opossum.
Real people show up throughout his writing, including his sister who was on hand to dance during her namesake song "Penny Sue" at the album release party.
"Mr. Brakeman" is a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, and Rees said he was inspired by a radio story he heard about the way Rodgers touched lives across racial boundaries during his life.