Double LP pressed on black vinyl
* * Features a 20 page booklet with essay by Sam Sweet interviewing artists and documentary creators and crew
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!
L.A. Freeway (Guy Clark) , That's A Lightnin' Lick... (No Artist), Ohoopee River Bottomland (Larry Jon Wilson), That Old Time Feeling (Guy Clark), ...People Condemn Whiskey... (No Artist), Waitin' 'Round To Die (Townes Van Zandt), I Still Sing The Old Songs (David Allan Coe), Intro (No Artist), Desperados Waiting For A Train (Guy Clark), Bluebird Wine (Rodney Crowell), Alabama Highway (Steve Young), Intro (No Artist), Pancho And Lefty (Townes Van Zandt), Texas Cookin' (Guy Clark), Charlie's Place (Gamble's Story) (Gamble Rogers), The Black Label Blues (Gamble Rogers), These Guards All Drive Cadillacs! (No Artist), River (David Allan Coe), One For The Road (John Hiatt), Darlin' Commit Me (Steve Earle), Ballad Of Laverne And Captain Flint (Guy Clark), I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Steve Young), Mercenary Song (Steve Young), Would You Do Elijah's Church? (No Artist), Elijah's Church (Steve Earle), Silent Night (Rodney Crowell)