In the past couple months, I’ve done some video interviews for my friend Mara Davis’s blog. Mara has graciously offered to ask a couple questions during each interview that could potentially be used for Downhome Traces. Doing this has made me realize that I want to avoid pigeonholing this blog into being exclusively about Atlanta. I’d rather it be more generally about history and places, most of which are connected to Atlanta and are often revealed through films, photographs and other visual traces.
In this segment Steve Earle discusses the scenes in the documentary film Heartworn Highways (1981) that feature Townes Van Zandt. Earle talks about Clarksville (the section of Austin where Townes lived) and how Townes “stole the movie” by playing directly to the cameras. Earle has a new record out that features the songs of Townes Van Zandt.