Born Free was recorded in January of 2020 and features alternate acoustic studio versions of four songs from Soul Asylum's critically acclaimed April release Hurry Up and Wait, giving the listener an inside look into how these songs developed. Dave Pirner on Born Free: "After I get the main idea for the song and have roughly figured out how to play it I show it to Ryan and then we play it together. So, in a way, this is kind of showing how the songs were before we added the rhythm section. It's fun to cut live in the studio; there's no going back and you can't fix it. It's unembellished, therefore hopefully interesting."