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The Blaze Issue

A larger-than-life character who met an early and tragic death, Blaze Foley was part of the outlaw country sound of the 70s and early 80s and a fixture in the pages of The Austin Chronicle. Academy Award nominated writer-director-actor Ethan Hawke has now brought to screen the story of the brilliant, outrageous singer-songwriter. The Austin Chronicle is proud to present this special issue dedicated to all things Blaze, guest edited by Austin native son Ethan Hawke.

A Letter From Guest Editor Ethan Hawke
A Letter From Guest Editor Ethan Hawke
Blaze director on why it's time for us all to act like grownups and demand integrity from our elected officials

Aug. 16, 2018

The Ballad of Townes & Blaze
The Ballad of Townes & Blaze
The twisted but not-so-tall tale of Van Zandt and Foley, Lonesome Dove meets Barfly

Aug. 16, 2018

Back to the Tree House
Back to the Tree House
Writer Sybil Rosen and actress Alia Shawkat on falling in love with Blaze Foley again, and for the first time

Aug. 16, 2018

Playing Townes
Playing Townes
Charlie Sexton and Richard Linklater talk about the role of a lifetime

Aug. 16, 2018

4am With a Head Full of Whiskey
4am With a Head Full of Whiskey
Ethan Hawke and Ben Dickey's late-night daydream

Aug. 16, 2018

Outlaw Sounds
Outlaw Sounds
Ethan Hawke and Ben Dickey on their favorite Blaze Foley and Townes Van Zandt songs

Aug. 16, 2018

More From the Issue
Beto O'Rourke and Ethan Hawke in Conversation
Beto O'Rourke and Ethan Hawke in Conversation
Two Texans discuss politics, fear, and the power of Willie Nelson to bring us back together

Aug. 16, 2018

Reasons to Vote
Reasons to Vote
John Leguizamo on why it’s important to make your voice heard

Aug. 16, 2018

From the Archive
Alejandro, Blaze & Townes Shake the Continental Club
Alejandro, Blaze & Townes Shake the Continental Club
Escovedo sets up Blaze duo Ben Dickey and Charlie Sexton

July 2, 2018

Texas Album Hall of Fame: Townes Van Zandt
Texas Album Hall of Fame: Townes Van Zandt
Caroline Sallee of Caroline Says recounts how Townes Van Zandt drew her to Texas

Aug. 31, 2017

Blaze Foley's Lost Muscle Shoals Recordings
Blaze Foley's Lost Muscle Shoals Recordings
Cult songman keeps thwarting his own success – even posthumously

May 4, 2017

He’s the President, but I Don’t Care
He’s the President, but I Don’t Care
Blaze Foley penned an anti-Trump anthem 33 years ago

Jan. 20, 2017

The Blaze Foley Issue
Page Two – BFI: Blaze Foley Inside
11 verses in search of a song

Oct. 13, 2016

We Were From Texas
We Were From Texas
Guy Clark and the high price of inspiration

July 18, 2013

Duct Tape Messiah
Duct Tape Messiah
A Q&A with Gurf Morlix

Feb. 3, 2011

The Blaze Foley Issue
Page Two: Counting to 10
Lynd Ward, Blaze Foley, and the impossibility of a simple list

Jan. 6, 2011

High, Low, and In Between
High, Low, and In Between
Steve Earle talks Townes

June 19, 2009

Faded Love
Faded Love
Blaze Foley's long lost muse, Sybil Rosen

Oct. 31, 2008

Life and Work, Light and Dark
Life and Work, Light and Dark
How an artist's fabled legacy met its match in 'some dumb New York girl' who wanted to make a documentary

Dec. 9, 2005

The Blaze Foley Issue
Page Two
Talented songwriter and performer Mandy Mercier lends her voice to our ongoing conversation about artistic recognition and creative success

March 18, 2005

Townes Without Pity
Townes Without Pity
The Battle for Townes Van Zandt's legacy

June 14, 2002

A Walking Contradiction
A Walking Contradiction
The Legend of Blaze Foley

Dec. 24, 1999

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