Country Music Docs Heartworn Highways and Heartworn Highways Revisited Released on DVD, More

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Heartworn Highways is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray. Kino Lorber today announced the Blu-ray and DVD releases of Heartworn Highways, James Szalapski’s newly-restored 1976 documentary, and Heartworn Highways Revisited, Wayne Price’s sequel.

The latter film celebrates the contemporary musicians carrying on the tradition of the Outlaw Country movement that was captured in the original documentary.

These two county music documentaries—Heartworn Highways and Heartworn Highways Revisited— are being released on DVD and Blu-Ray that you need to include in your country music history collection.

In the mid-‘70s, filmmaker James Szalapski documented the then rarely heard, “outlaw country.”

Inspired by outlier artist and long-haired Willie Nelson’s embrace of progressive attitudes and audiences, a younger generation of artists including Townes Van Zandt, David Alan Coe, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark popularized and developed the outlaw sound.

The genre dipped into rock, folk, and bluegrass, always with an acoustic edge that was missing from mainstream Nashville country.

About the two films

This newly-restored documentary includes rarely-captured performances of the aforementioned musicians as they perfected this then-new style and helped change the course of country music history.

Kino Lorber has released the original 1976 Documentary by James Szalapski on the “Outlaw Country” Movement and the 45th Anniversary Celebration of the Next Generation by Wayne Price

The Blu-ray and DVD releases of Heartworn Highways, James Szalapski’s newly-restored 1976 documentary, and Heartworn Highways Revisited, Wayne Price’s sequel that celebrates the contemporary musicians carrying on the tradition of the Outlaw Country movement that was captured in the original are available to order now.

Heartworn Highways

In the mid-‘70s, filmmaker James Szalapski traveled to Tennessee and Texas to document the nascent music scene that would become widely known as “outlaw country.”

Kino Lorber says:

The newly-restored documentary includes rare performances of these musicians as they explore and craft a style that changed the course of country music. Musical highlights include Clark’s poignant opening song “L.A. Freeway,” Young’s stirring “Alabama Highways,” and a deeply moving rendition of “Waiting Around To Die,” Van Zandt’s first song.

Heartworn Highways Revisited

Wayne Price’s sequel explores and celebrates the authenticity and spirit of the legendary original via a community of contemporary musicians creating music in Nashville, Tennessee.

In Heartworn Highways Revisited, the filmmakers reunite with Heartworn originals Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, and Steve Young while focusing on the next generation of “outlaws” that include Andrew Combs, Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz, Josh Hedley, John McCauley, Shovels & Rope, Langhorne Slim and others who honor their predecessors while forging a highway all their own.

Heartworn Highways and Heartworn Highways Revisited will both be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 27.

Bonus features on Heartworn Highways include audio commentary with producer Graham Leader and editor/AD Phillip Schopper, bonus footage, and, on the Blu-ray edition only, a booklet with essays by Graham Leader and Phillip Schopper. Heartworn Highways Revisited includes audio commentary by director Wayne Price and additional scenes.

Directed by James Szalapski, the film features Guy Clark, David Alan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Charlie Daniels, Steve Earle, Steve Young, Larry Jon Wilson Steve Young and Townes Van Zandt.

Blu-ray extras include an audio commentary with producer Graham Leader and editor/AD Phillip Schopper, plus a booklet with essays by Graham Leader and Phillip Schopper plus bonus footage (52 minutes). Also included are trailers for Heartworn Highways and Heartworn Highways Revisited (2017)

DVD Extras include audio commentary with producer Graham Leader and editor/AD Phillip Schopper plus bonus footage (52 minutes). Trailers for Heartworn Highways and Heartworn Highways Revisited (2017).

Heartworn Highways Revisited, directed by Wayne Price, street Date: 4/27/21 from Kino Lorber.

The doc features John McCauley of Deer Tick, Shovels & Rope, Langhorne Slim, Justin Townes Earle, and original outlaws Guy Clark, David Alan Coe, and Steve Young.

Blu-ray and DVD extras include audio commentary by director Wayne Price. Also comes with additional scenes and trailers.

Available April 27 on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digitally on Kino Now, iTunes, and Other Platforms

April Neale

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