* 20 page booklet with essay by Sam Sweet interviewing artists and documentary creators and crew
* Double LP on black vinyl
* CD in gatefold sleeve with two 30 page booklets with essay
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.
1. L.A. Freeway - Guy Clark 2. “…that’s a Lightnin’ lick…” [dialogue] 3. Ohoopee River Bottomland - Larry Jon Wilson 4. That Old Time Feeling - Guy Clark 5. “…people condemn whiskey…” [dialogue] 6. Waitin’ Round To Die - Townes Van Zandt 7. I Still Sing The Old Songs - David Allan Coe 8. Intro 9. Desperadoes Waiting For A Train - Guy Clark 10. Bluebird Wine - Rodney Crowell 11. Alabama Highway - Steve Young 12. Intro 13. Pancho And Lefty - Townes Van Zandt 14. Texas Cookin’ - Guy Clark 15. Charlie’s Place (Gamble’s Story) - Gamble Rogers 16. The Black Label Blues - Gamble Rogers 17. “…these guards all drive Cadillacs!” [dialogue] 18. River - David Allan Coe 19. One For The One - John Hiatt 20. Darlin’ Commit Me - Steve Earle 21. Ballad Of Laverne And Captain Flint - Guy Clark 22. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry* - Steve Young23. Mercenary Song* - Steve Earle 24. “…would you do Elijah’s Church?”* [dialogue] 25. Elijah's Church* - Steve Earle 26. Silent Night* - Rodney Crowell
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