On July 15, 2015, Charlie Stout drove into the desert west of Lubbock, Texas with a battery powered 8-track recorder, a suitcase full of microphones and cables, and a 6-string Martin cutaway orchestra model guitar named "Elle." He recorded seventeen songs in an abandoned ghost town church and chose eight of them to be mixed and mastered. The record would be called "Dust & Wind: Flatland Murder Ballads and High Plains Hymns."