How to Make Gravy had its genesis in a series of concerts. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs. In between songs he told stories about them, and from those tales grew How to Make Gravy.
Each of its hundred chapters consists of lyrics followed by a story, the nature of the latter taking its cue from the former. Some pieces are confessional, some tell Kelly's personal and family history, some take you on a road tour with the band—from the point of inspiration to writing, honing, collaborating, performing, recording and reworking.