Heartworn Highways is a documentary film by James Szalapski whose vision captured some of the founders of the Outlaw Country movement in Texas and Tennessee in the last weeks of 1975 and the first weeks of 1976. The film was not released theatrically until 1981
The documentary covers singer-songwriters whose songs are more traditional to early folk and country music instead of following in the tradition of the previous generation. Some of film's featured performers are Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, and The Charlie Daniels Band. The movie features the first known recordings of Grammy award winners Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell who were quite young at the time and appear to be students of mentor Guy Clark. Steve Earle was also a big fan of Van Zandt at the time.
Pitchfork is proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Heartworn Highways, a true Americana masterpiece. A 10-minute clip from the soon to be released sequel, Heartworn Highways Revisited, will also be streamed simultaneously.
Heartworn Highways is currently available on iTunes.
Light in the Attic will release an exclusive deluxe boxed set soundtrack of the original Heartworn Highways which will be available on Record store Day, Saturday, April 16th. Full details here: bit.ly/1SKcpUO
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