It would be easy to assume that the title of the Lost Dogs' album Nazarene Crying Towel was plucked from one of the Old Testament books of lamenting, such as Jeremiah or Lamentations. Instead, it is a tribute to member Terry Scott Taylor's grandmother. Stemming from her swinging of a dishtowel during moments of spiritual distress, the title reflects his grandmother's yearning "for a final end to all our troubles, for rest and safety from every harm, for immunity from the wild unpredictable ways of a world seemingly intent upon breaking our hearts." Released in 2003, the title aptly fits the project's somewhat melancholy tone, which is expressed both musically and lyrically.
Musically, the album could be considered country meets 1970s Christian music. In fact, on a few occasions, the project calls to mind singer/songwriter Larry Norman. Lyrically, the release features messages of comfort, forgiveness, and mercy. Songs include "Jesus on the Shore" and "The Yearning."