Van Zandt's then girlfriend Cindy is the only person in this clip still alive. Uncle Seymour Washington died a year after this filming and Van Zandt died some 20 years later after a lifelong battle with heroin and alcohol. Even his dog Rex who you can just about hear barking in the background is gone. Thanks to film director James Szalapski we at least still have a snapshot of this young 'outlaw country music' pioneer filmed in the type of surroundings that evoked such cutting songs. It's interesting to note that Van Zandt never had a successful album or single but went on to influence the likes of Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song 'Pancho and Lefty' which hit the Billboard number one in 1983 but still Van Zandt spent most of his life playing mostly dive bars and living in cheap motels or sleeping on friend's couches.
Heartworn Highways also features performances from Guy Clark, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, and The Charlie Daniels Band who all also took a more traditional approach to country music instead of following in the tradition of the previous generation.
If you have an interest in country music and/or seeing a bit of 70's Texas/Tennessee I highly recommend picking up a copy of this film.