Just like in the mid-70s when Heartworn Highways was made, mainstream country music’s sound has become formulaic, more intent on moving easily digested product instead of hearts. Channeling the spirit and unhurried, intimate style of Szalapski’s original, director Wayne Price follows talented young musicians (Bobby Bare Jr., Shelly Colvin, Andrew Combs, Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz, Josh Hedley, Phil Hummer, Nikki Lane, Langhorne Slim, John McCauley, and Shovels & Rope) working on the periphery of the Nashville scene as they pick, perform, and try to balance their craft with their daily lives. A worthy update as well as a compelling portrait of the torchbearers for an under-recognized tradition within country music.
Make it a double feature! Check out the original Heartworn Highways, featuring early performances by Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, and The Charlie Daniels Band, screening at 6:30pm.