Right from the get go, I’ll just say that this was well before my time and I’m more than willing to admit that I probably don’t appreciate this like somebody that grew up with it did. I’m not as familiar with the life and music of the artists in the video as many of you may even be, but that being said, I still think it’s fucking awesome.
Heartworn Highways is a documentary film by James Szalapski that chronicled the life of artists like Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, David Allan Coe, and more right around Christmas of 1975. The film was then finally released on 1981.
And in this scene Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and others join Guy and Susanna Clark for a Christmas Eve jam session of “Stay A Little Longer.”
Originally written and recorded by Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan, it was recorded by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in 1945, since then it has been recorded by Willie Nelson and Pam Tillis.
I don’t know what Christmas Eve was like in your house, but mine sure as hell has never been booze and cigarette-filled jam session with some good friends. I mean, how incredible is this? Smoking and drinking and pickin’ and singing… I love it.