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Heartworn Highways

Audio CD | Remastered

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack, March 14, 2006
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'Heartworn Highways' is your seat at that dinner table, listening in as these troubadours pour earnest confessions through strings and voice. In particular, Guy Clark's naked performances dominate the collection, his plaintive heartache searing through 'LA Freeway' and landing right in your lap on the classic 'Desperadoes Waiting for a Train,' in a stripped-bare version that drills straight to the well of tears at the song's core. Equally moving is the bleak, dusty balladry of Townes Van Zandt on 'Waiting Around To Die,' performed in his wood-paneled kitchen for an audience of two his girlfriend and his blacksmith neighbor. 'It's the first song I ever wrote, by the way,' Van Zandt explains before launching into the haunting tune, which eventually leads his neighbor to tears. Featuring the very first recordings of Steve Earle, John Hiatt, and Rodney Crowell, and stirring whiskey-soaked performances by Clark, Van Zandt, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, and others, 'Heartworn Highways' raises the spirit of true roots music, representing a slice of Americana musical history and a generous tip of the ol' cowboy hat to its pioneers.

This homespun documentary soundtrack celebrates a circle of some of the finest songwriters in progressive country, just as they were starting to come into their own. The intimate informality of the mid-'70s performances finds Guy Clark at the center of that circle of Texans relocated to Nashville, with the then-unknown Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle among his acolytes. All of them sound impossibly, irrepressibly young, though the early songs of Townes Van Zandt (particularly "Waitin' 'Round to Die") already carried the world on their back. Among the highlights are a Christmas Eve party at the Nashville home of Guy and Susannah Clark, where the singalong ranged from his "That Old Time Feeling" to the Crowell-led finale of a spirited "Silent Night." It's fascinating to hear these artists in their formative stages, making music for fun and for each other, in light of what they would become. --Don McLeese

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. L.A. Free - 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. Waiting Around To Die - Townes Van Zandt
  7. I Still Sing The Old Songs - David Allan Coe
  8. Intro - Heartworn Highways
  9. Desperadoes Waiting For A Train - Guy Clark
  10. Bluebird Wine - Rodney Crowell
  11. Alabama Highway - Steve Young
  12. Intro - Heartworn Highways
  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. Ballard Of Lavern & Captain Flint - Guy Clark
  22. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Steve Young
  23. The Mercenary Song - Steve Earle
  24. '...Would You Do Elijah's Church?' - Dialogue
  25. Elijah's Church - Steve Earle
  26. Silent Night - Various Artists

Product details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: HackTone Records
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • ASIN: B000AP2Z6W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,217 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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