The score: “In 1975, the film Heartworn Highways documented the emerging singer-songwriter scene in Nashville and Austin, capturing intimate performances by artists like Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell while they were still struggling to be heard. 30 years later, we have restored these now historic recordings to their original, unedited length and are making them available for the first time ever, in all of their ragged, whiskey-soaked glory.
Featuring the first recordings ever made by Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and John Hiatt, available for the very first time and previously unreleased acoustic performances by Townes Van Zandt, David Allan Coe, Guy Clark and Steve Young.” – Heartworn Highways
I received a copy of this soundtrack in the mail just in time to mold it into the soundtrack to my weekend. I was familar with number of these songs in the form of studio versions (for example, Steve Earle’s “Mercenary Song” shows up on his 1995 comeback album Train A Comin’), demos, live takes, etc. That said, the intimacy of this collection is undeniable — now I just need to see the accompanying film.