Despite Nelson's fruitless efforts to succeed with his recording releases with D Records, and after trying with other labels as a singer, he sold several of his original written songs to other artists. After his composition "Family Bible" became a hit for Claude Gray in 1960, he moved to Nashville, where he was signed by Pamper Music as a songwriter. Several of his songs became hits for other artists, including Faron Young ("Hello Walls"); Ray Price ("Night Life") and Patsy Cline ("Crazy").
The recording sessions for his first album release, ...And Then I Wrote, began in the Nashville studios of Liberty Records. Nelson recorded on August 22-23,STARTING during the night and lasting until the morning of the following day. He recorded "The Part Where I Cry" and "Touch Me" for the album, and a later single release. The sessions were later resumed in the studios of the label in Los Angeles, California. During two sessions in September 11-12, Nelson recorded "Crazy", "Darkness on the Face of the Earth", "Three Days", "Funny How Times Slips Away", "Mr. Record Man" and "Hello Walls". The recordings were produced by Joe Allison. The liner notes of the album were written by local DJ Charlie Williams, byREQUEST of Allison.
The record was released on September 1962. "Touch Me" was released as a single, becoming Nelson's second top ten single, reaching No. 7 on Billboard's Hot CountrySINGLES chart. Billboard wrote a review about the single, describing it as an "interesting country-styled tune" with "good" lyrics. Allmusic rated the album with four stars out of five.