The rarely screened beloved documentary portrait of the outlaw country movement…
HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS (1976)
Directed by James SzalapskiCountry legends include Townes Van Zandt, Peggy Brooks, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, and Steve Earle
In the mid-‘70s, filmmaker James Szalapski traveled to Texas and Tennessee to capture the radical country artists reclaiming the genre through an appreciation for its heritage in folk and bluegrass and a rejection of the mainstream Nashville machine. The hard living – and hard partying – lifestyles of outlaw country’s figureheads are played out on screen in trailer homes, prisons and even a liquor-fueled Christmas gathering.
Inspired, in part, by newly-long-haired Willie Nelson’s embrace of hippie attitudes and audiences, a younger generation of artists – Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, and a 19-year-old Steve Earle and many others appear and perform. 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.”
Opening Feb 5 in Virtual Cinemas nationwide through Kino Marquee