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|various artists - Heartworn Highways (Original Soundtrack) (2016)|
[Light in the Attic (Cargo Records)]
- One For The One 4:18
- Guy Clark - LA Freeway
- Anonymous - ...That's A Lightnin' Lick...
- Larry Jon Wilson - Ohoopee River Bottomland
- Guy Clark - That Old Time Feeling
- Seymour Washington - ...people condemn whiskey...
- Townes Van Zandt - Waitin' Round To Die
- David Allan Coe - I Still Sing The Old Songs
- Anonymous - Intro
- Guy Clark - Desperadoes Waiting for a Train
- Rodney Crowell - Bluebird Wine
- Steve Young - Alabama Highway
- Anonymous - Intro II
- Townes Van Zandt - Pancho and Lefty
- Guy Clark - Texas Cookin’
- Gamble Rogers - Charlie's Place (Gamble’s Story)
- Gamble Rogers - The Black Label Blues
- Anonymous - ...these guards all drive Cadillacs!
- David Allan Coe - River
- John Hiatt - One for the One
- Steve Earle - Darlin' Commit Me
- Guy Clark - Ballad of Laverne and Captain Flint
- Steve Young - I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
- Steve Earle - Mercenary Song
- Anonymous - ...would you do Elijah’s Church?
- Steve Earle - Elijah's Church
- Rodney Crowell - Silent Night
Sometimes, a documentary maker is present at precisely the right moment to capture lightning in a bottle. It happened with essential punk doc The Decline of Western Civilization, it happened with Dylan’s Don’t Look Back and Chet Baker’s Let’s Get Lost, and it happened with 1976’s Heartworn Highways.
The iconic performance documentary saw filmmaker James Szalapski travel to Texas and Tennessee to capture the radical country artists reclaiming the genre via an appreciation for its heritage in folk and bluegrass and a rejection of the mainstream Nashville machine. Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, Steve Earle and many others appeared on both screen and soundtrack, where musical highlights include Clark’s brilliant “Desperados Waiting For A Train”, Young’s stirring “Alabama Highways” and Van Zandt’s emotional “Waiting Around To Die”.
The hard living – and hard partying – lifestyles of outlaw country’s figureheads are played out on screen as we visit Van Zandt’s Austin trailer, see Coe play in Tennessee State Prison, join the gang in Nashville’s notorious Wig Wam Tavern and witness a liquor-fuelled Christmas at Clark’s house. No wonder the film’s original tagline read: “The best music and the best whiskey come from the same part of the country”.
Outside of a couple festival screenings, the movie remained unreleased for five years after its completion, finally hitting screens in 1981 and finding a cult audience ever since.
First released in 2006 by Hacktone Records, we are proud to re-release the film’s stunning soundtrack on double vinyl and CD.
released June 17, 2016