Old Paint, Freakwater's 4th record was recorded by Brad Wood and the band in Chicago's Idful Studios in May 1995 and was mastered in Memphis at Ardent by Larry Nix. It is the first record with fourth member Bob Egan, who would later go on to join Wilco.
Old Paint moves the band out of the shadow of previous records where albums were dominated by a balance of cover songs and originals. Old Paint displays a healthy batch of some of Cathy\'s finest songwriting moments with tracks like "Hero/Heroine", "Smoking Daddy" and "Waitress Song". Also in place more than ever is the vocal partnership between Cathy and Janet who began over 13 years ago. They are clearly comfortable harmonizing as is most emphatically demonstrated by their choice of recording their vocals, guitars and bass at once rather than using overdubs.