Dan's close friend and long time associate, R.S. Field, produced the tracks included on Better Living, with the exception of "Happy Christmas," which was produced by Joe Pisapia. The working theme for the BL sessions was "songs with a smile." The sessions were held in Nashville in the summer of 2006 at the House of David studio on Music Row. Richard McLaurin engineered with Adam Bednarik assisting.
The tracking band consisted of guitar great Kenny Vaughan, Jimmy Lester (Webb Wilder/Los Straitjackets) on drums, Tony Crow on keyboards (Lambchop/The Silver Jews) and Brian Glenn on bass (Marty Stuart). Additional tracks were added by David Briggs, Ken Lewis and Richard McLaurin.
The record was mastered by Jim Demain. Packaging was designed by Bill Tyler.