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The Blaze Foley Issue

"Blaze Foley is the Snuffleupagus of the outlaw country music scene. I first heard of him when I heard John Prine’s cover of the song ‘Clay Pigeons’ and I thought it was one of the best country songs I’d ever heard. As I looked more and more into who wrote it, the story of Blaze’s life became as compelling as his music."
Blaze writer-director Ethan Hawke

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. Starring Ben Dickey as Blaze, Charlie Sexton as Townes van Zandt, and Alia Shawkat as Foley’s sweetheart Sybil Rosen, critics are calling Blaze “beautifully made,” “spellbinding,” and “an experience, one that ever so gently opens your ears, your eyes, and your heart.”

Ethan Hawke directs Ben Dickey (Photo courtesy of IFC Films)
"Blaze Foley knew only one real speed – pedal to the metal forward. Not interested in the center, he went to the edges; bored by calm he searched for whirlpools. If they couldn't be found, well then he created one. Usually gambling with far more than he had, he bet it all – his life, his talent, his music. Maybe it was a strategy, maybe a vision, or maybe it was the only way he knew. When he finally lost, he lost big, but maybe that was only in the short game."
Blaze executive producer Louis Black

A 1984 Chronicle review of Blaze Foley

The Austin Chronicle is proud to present a special issue dedicated to all things Blaze, guest edited by Austin native son Ethan Hawke, bringing his own personal insights to an issue packed with archival photographs, tributes to the music of Blaze Foley and Townes van Zandt, and stories from the film’s production. Highlights include the first-hand recollections of Sybil Rosen, Blaze co-writer and author of the memoir Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley, plus interviews with Ethan Hawke and actor-musician Ben Dickey; Sybil Rosen and actress Alia Shawkat; and longtime friends Charlie Sexton and Richard Linklater.

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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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