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The life and legacy of Austin's ill-fated Duct Tape Messiah
Film Review  August 17, 2018, by Matthew Monagle
"...In 1999, The Austin Chronicle published a piece in memory of Blaze Foley, an influential singer-songwriter who was shot and killed a decade earlier in Austin at the too-young age of 39. That article, which revisited Foley’s impact on his fellow folk musicians and explored the addiction issues he shared with his friend Townes Van Zandt, helped introduce a new generation of music fans to Foley’s work..."

Ben Dickey on Being Blaze
Inspiration, fear, and the guiding hand of Vincent D'Onofrio
DAILY Screens  September 7, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Blaze Foley had all the makings of a musical legend – charisma, talent, a remarkable songwriting gift – but he was never exactly a household name when he was alive. "He made sure of that," Ben Dickey said, nodding...."

Where to See Blaze This Weekend
Filmmaker Ethan Hawke and actor Ben Dickey will be in attendance
DAILY Chron Events  August 15, 2018, by Danielle White
"...This weekend Austin will be hosting multiple screenings of Blaze, a biopic on Blaze Foley, a troubled singer-songwriter who lived in Austin and was buddies with the likes of Townes Van Zandt. His life was cut short when he was murdered at age 39...."

If I Could Only Fly: Merle Haggard Covers Blaze Foley
Country legend was recording an LP of Foley songs when he died
DAILY Music  May 4, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...Merle Haggard initially encountered Blaze Foley’s music when he cut “If I Could Only Fly” with Willie Nelson in 1987, after which the country icon became one of the late Austin troubadour’s biggest fans. Yet like much of Foley’s career, Haggard’s championing of his music was riddled with missed opportunities...."

Outlaws Douse Blaze in Home Opener
DAILY Sports  May 16, 2008, by Ashley Moreno
"...Some 500 fans stuck out last Saturday’s thunderstorm (and the subsequent 45-minute lightning delay) to watch the Outlaws’ first home game of the season against the New Orleans Blaze. No one left disappointed..."

Get Ready to Blaze With This New Trailer
First trailer arrives for biopic of Austin music legend
DAILY Screens  June 22, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Blaze Foley may go down in musical history as the great coulda, woulda, shoulda – a charismatic performer and incredible songwriter who self-destructed long before he could achieve the fame his supporters believed he deserved. Now the first trailer for his life story, directed by Ethan Hawke, has arrived...."

Outlaws Host Blaze on Saturday
DAILY Sports  June 6, 2008, by Ashley Moreno
"...The Austin Outlaws have three games left in the regular season. This Saturday, they play the New Orleans Blaze, whom they killed 42-6 during their home opener..."

The Ballad of Townes & Blaze
The twisted but not-so-tall tale of Van Zandt and Foley, Lonesome Dove meets Barfly
Features Story  August 16, 2018, by Sybil Rosen
"...The jigsaw of geography in filmmaking is such that one day during the making of Blaze we were in Baton Rouge, La., at a venue called the Texas Club, shooting a scene that takes place in the New York City of the Eighties...."

Page Two – BFI: Blaze Foley Inside
11 verses in search of a song
Columns  October 13, 2016, by Louis Black
"...Start talking again, when I know what to say – "Clay Pigeons," Blaze Foley..."

Blaze Foley's Lost Muscle Shoals Recordings
Cult songman keeps thwarting his own success – even posthumously
Music Story  May 4, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...When Blaze Foley was shot in a house at 706 W. Mary and died during surgery at Brackenridge Hospital hours later on Feb..."

SXSW Music Review: A Tribute to Blaze Foley
Ethan Hawke’s film spotlights ATX Eighties grit
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2018, by Doug Freeman
"...Likewise, Friday night’s Blaze Foley tribute concert at the Paramount Theatre showcased primarily in support of Ethan Hawke’s new biopic, Blaze. Both offered remarkable testaments to the iconoclastic and itinerant local songwriter..."

Blaze Foley Live at the Austin Outhouse (Lost Art)
Music Review  December 24, 1999, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Blaze FoleyLive at the Austin Outhouse (Lost Art) More people have heard of Blaze Foley than have actually heard him. With the CD release of Live at the Austin Outhouse, this circumstance is likely to change, however..."

Alejandro, Blaze & Townes Shake the Continental Club
Escovedo sets up Blaze duo Ben Dickey and Charlie Sexton
DAILY Music  July 2, 2018, by Doug Freeman
"...A decent portion of the crowd stuck around after midnight to check out Ben Dickey, supported by an all-star Austin backing that included Charlie Sexton, Bukka Allen, and John Michael Shoepf. Although Dickey and Sexton play counterparts Blaze Foley and Townes Van Zandt in the upcoming Ethan Hawke film Blaze, they mostly showcased songs from the fall release of Dickey’s new album, produced by Sexton at Arlyn Studios...."

SXSW Let Blaze Audience Down
Postmarks  March 24, 2009
"...Dear Editor, Re: Drunken Angel: The Legend of Blaze Foley screening at SXSW 09: The reason I said "lightbulb" [“Postmarks,” March 27] is that was what the audience was told, and all it was told. Again, elderly, disabled, and people of little means had traveled thousands of miles for this screening..."

Book Review: Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley
Living in the Georgia woods in a tree house with Blaze Foley before he was Blaze Foley
Music Story  October 31, 2008, by Jim Caligiuri
"...More famous dead than alive, Blaze Foley continues growing in legend. With Living in the Woods in a Tree, Sybil Rosen moves the story along in a way that's bewitching and remarkably down to earth..."

NOLA Fried Pie Icon a Total Loss in Morning Blaze
The Hubig's factory in New Orleans has burned down
DAILY Chronolog  July 27, 2012, by Kate X Messer

Video: Bavu Blakes "Go Blaze"
Conversing over coffee at the Waffle House
DAILY Music  July 22, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...Crew54 has stayed steady on the grind since our last visit. Along with producing the weekly 54 Reality Show, the Killeen duo's Dookie Vizion Productions directed Bavu Blakes latest “Go Blaze,” featuring Ter'ell Shahid, from his forthcoming Picnic Extra Plair EP..."

Wranglers Beat Blaze in Tight One, 65-64
DAILY Sports  April 9, 2007, by Jeremy Martin
"...The Austin Wranglers stopped their four-game losing streak Friday with a close finish against the Utah Blaze. QB Adrian McPherson threw for 271 yards and six touchdowns..."

Blaze Premiere at Violet Crown Cinema
PHOTO GALLERY  August 17, 2018
"...Blaze red carpet premiere at the Violet Crown Cinema on August 16, 2018..."

SXSW Film: Blaze Red Carpet
PHOTO GALLERY  March 17, 2018
"...Ethan Hawke at the Blaze red carpet at the Paramount Theatre..."

A Walking Contradiction
Exploring the legacy of one of Austin's great, unsung singer-songwriters, Blaze Foley
Music Story  December 24, 1999, by Lee Nichols
"...At 39, Blaze Foley left this world with little evidence that he had ever inhabited it. He certainly never had any wealth -- he was known by his friends for using duct tape to hold most of his possessions together -- or fame -- being shot to death probably got the local singer-songwriter more press than anything he did during his life -- and his recorded musical output was sparse..."

Outlaw Sounds
Ethan Hawke and Ben Dickey on their favorite Blaze Foley and Townes Van Zandt songs
Features Story  August 16, 2018, by Ben Dickey and Ethan Hawke
"...An Introduction to Blaze Foley..."

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
Features Story  August 16, 2018, by Eric Kohn
"...– Excerpt from Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley by Sybil Rosen..."

Duct Tape Messiah
A Q&A with Gurf Morlix
DAILY Music  February 3, 2011, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Blaze Foley, the renowned singer-songwriter who was killed in an unfortunate accident in 1989, is more famous dead than alive, as several events this month point out. Local guitarist/songwriter/producer Gurf Morlix just released a tribute disc, covering 15 of Foley’s songs, and he'll put them to work Feb..."

Page Two: Counting to 10
Lynd Ward, Blaze Foley, and the impossibility of a simple list
Columns  January 7, 2011, by Louis Black
"...The list included: 1) Lynd Ward; 2) cartoonists Winsor McCay and George Herriman; 3) comic book innovations and innovators Will Eisner's The Spirit and Jack Cole's Plastic Man; 4) detective novelist Craig Rice; 5 & 6) silent screen comedic stars Mabel Normand and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle; 7) screenwriter Robert Thom; 8) the book Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley by Sybil Rosen; 9 & 10) my hopeful plan to write a regular series of DVD reviews of such films as Monte Hellman's Cockfighter, with its classic Warren Oates performance; Karen Arthur's Mafu Cage; Payday, directed by Daryl Duke, featuring a brilliant turn by Rip Torn; and Jonathan Demme's Who Am I This Time?..."

Cold, Cold World
Blaze Foley in his element
DAILY Music  February 9, 2009, by Doug Freeman
"...February 1 marked the 20th anniversary of Blaze Foley’s death, when he was shot and killed outside the Eastside home of his friend Concho January. In those twenty years, the enigmatic songwriter has developed an almost mythic status, especially here in Austin, and his legend often makes it even more difficult to distinguish exactly who Foley was in real life...."

Faded Love
Sybil Rosen reveals what it was like to be Living in the Woods in a Tree with Blaze Foley
Music Story  October 31, 2008, by Doug Freeman
"...On Dec. 28, 1988, Blaze Foley took the stage at the Austin Outhouse, one of the few bars left in town that would still allow him to play..."

Ghost Rider
The movie adds little to Marvel's source material, but to be fair, there wasn't a surfeit of originality in the comic book to begin with.
Film Review  February 23, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Peter Fonda, Sam Elliott and Donal Logue. Ghost Rider is based on Marvel Comics' Seventies-era title featuring the character of Johnny Blaze, a stunt biker who sells his soul to the devil to save his father's life only to become the titular rider when the moon is full (or, you know, just there)..."

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Nicolas Cage rides again.
Film Review  February 24, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Obviously, Cage is able to access that spark of inner madness so necessary to Neveldine and Taylor's similarly warped aesthetic. Despite this, however, Cage's turns as hell's two-wheeling bounty hunter, Johnny Blaze (both here and in 2007's Ghost Rider), have been duds..."

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
Features Story  August 16, 2018, by Ethan Hawke
"...This summer I have two very personal films coming out. Blaze is about a singer-songwriter, Blaze Foley, who died in the same hospital where I was born..."

Marshall Chapman’s Back in Town – Tonight!
Lapsed debutante’s rug-burn music for sexagenarians
DAILY Music  November 13, 2013, by Margaret Moser
"...“Gigs never get old,” mused Marshall Chapman in an email. “Each one’s like living an entire lifetime.” Given the singer-songwriter’s first Austin gig was in 1977 at Soap Creek Saloon, the Spartanburg, SC., native has journeyed miles and miles since, bringing a string of hits and a new CD Blaze of Glory tonight to the Cactus Cafe...."

The Big Sick
The rom-com is dead! Long live the rom-com!
Film Review  June 30, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...His parents want desperately to arrange a marriage for him to a nice Muslim girl, but then happenstance puts in his path a feisty blond grad student named Emily (Kazan, playing Gordon’s surrogate). In the film’s compact first act, Kumail and Emily blaze through very funny, and very sweet, new-relationship markers: the pillow talk and personality litmus tests, as when Emily charmingly bristles at Kumail watching her watch one of his favorite films: “I love it when men test me on my taste.”..."

Art Burn
An early-morning blaze at Guadalupe Arts Center displaces 75 artists
Arts Story  February 4, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Fire hit the Guadalupe Arts Center late Sunday, causing an estimated $650,000 in damage and wiping out studio and office space for some 75 artists and arts organizations, including Diverse Arts, Austin FilmWorks, Pro-Jex Gallery, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Jerm Pollett, and Bob Livingston. The blaze is thought to have originated in a second-floor studio, where linseed oil caused a pile of rags to combust spontaneously..."

Almost Heroes
Oh, bitter irony! Christopher Guest, the great satirist of crap artists (he wrote or co-wrote This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and The Big Picture)) has joined their ranks....

Film Review  June 5, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...As with many duff comedies, the concept of Almost Heroes is actually pretty sound. It seems that early 19th-century explorers Lewis & Clark weren't the only bold spirits trying to blaze a trail to the virgin sands of the West Coast..."

City Hunter
What a marvelously silly film this is! Packed to the hilt with non-stop comic book action (the whole schmeer is loosely based on the adult manga of the same name),...
Film Review  September 3, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Retained by a millionaire industrialist who wants his errant teenage daughter to come back home, City Hunter eventually finds himself aboard a cruise ship teeming with Pan-American terrorists, leggy female government agents, his sex-starved nymphet Girl Friday, and equally mixed nuts. Guns may blaze and chop-socky abounds, but, above all, this is an inspired parody on the line of the Eighties Flash Gordon (in an amusing, loopy homage to that film, every time our hero downs some thug, we hear what appears to be a disco chorus singing his praises -- “Citeeee-Hunteeer!”)..."

The Last Boy Scout
Willis plays a detective who was once a squeaky clean Secret Service agent but who has fallen on emotional hard times. Thanks to his past life, he has a nice...
Film Review  December 13, 1991, by Kathleen Maher
"...That taken care of, there's nothing left to do but spray blood liberally on the screen. The Last Boy Scout is notable for the bewildering array of villains that present themselves one by one only to disappear in a blaze of bullets, a fiery crash or a bone crushing encounter with a heavy object..."

Absolutely marvelous special effects are the salvation and the curse of this movie. The film exploits Chicago's terrain of ethnic neighborhoods, political turf, and glorious modern architecture, but it has...
Film Review  May 24, 1991, by Kathleen Maher
"...The intention here seems to be to question the roots of heroism and its expression. While we may shift impatiently in our seats as the story line veers away from any interesting conflict, we sit up and pay attention when our heroes leap aboard the engines to battle a blaze...."

4am With a Head Full of Whiskey
Ethan Hawke and Ben Dickey's late-night daydream
Features Story  August 16, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The pair were warming up and chilling out in the space between interviews and a screening for the Austin debut of Hawke's fourth feature film as a director, Blaze. It's a story born of an intermingling of roots – Austin-born Hawke directing Arkansas musician and first-time actor Dickey in the story of Blaze Foley, the Natural State native who became a fixture of Austin's music scene before his untimely death in 1989...."

Straight, No Chaser
Brannen Temple, aspiring to be Austin's Max Roach
Music Story  March 2, 2001, by Raoul Hernandez
"...In fact, all these things happen in Temple's band Blaze. A classic jazz quintet -- trumpet, tenor sax, keyboards, bass and drums -- Blaze joins a long list of "projects" the local drummer either founded or defined over the last decade: the Uglies, Atomic Soul, Hot Buttered Rhythm, Collard Greens, and the now-you-see-it, now-you-don't Brannen Temple & His Potnuhs..."

Playing Townes
Charlie Sexton and Richard Linklater talk about the role of a lifetime
Features Story  August 16, 2018, by Ethan Hawke
"...Enough anyway for me to know I loved the way Charlie thinks – the way he thinks about music and acting and the process of trying to put art into the world that won't waste your time. The second I started dreaming of a film about Blaze Foley, I knew I wanted Charlie to play Townes..."

Page Two
Talented songwriter and performer Mandy Mercier lends her voice to our ongoing conversation about artistic recognition and creative success
Columns  March 18, 2005, by Louis Black
"..."We know about Blaze Foley, whom Merle Haggard is now obsessed with, and whose song (Blaze's) Merle sang for Tammy Wynette's funeral. Merle never knew Blaze, they met once very briefly..."

Dancing About Architecture
Kissinger gets lost
Music Column  May 18, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...Basically, this meant that touring musicians and the like started hearing familiar voices coming from their car radios far outside of Texas, when they knew damn well that the person they were hearing in Minneapolis was, impossibly, the same one they'd heard when pulling out of the driveway in Austin! Kane insists that the on-air talent are in little danger of losing their positions, but they'll likely find themselves moved away from Central Texas' cozy base of operations to one of the company's existing stations. "Basically," Kane says, "they're trying to decentralize as much as possible." In the radio biz, you can never be too careful about keeping your paychecks coming, so it's no stunner to hear 101X deejay Ben Blaze comment that the current situation has "everyone making a lot of calls!" Besides Star's downsizing, calls to 101X (not a Capstar station) have been equally inspired by the fact that there's a rare position opening there -- and he's providing it..."

Record Reviews
Ani Difranco
Music Review  February 4, 1999

SXSW Saturday Interview
One of Texas' great songwriters finds his champion in one of Austin's great songwriters/guitarists/producers
Music Story  March 18, 2011, by Doug Freeman
"..."Since Blaze died, I've watched his legend grow. And it really is a legend by definition," laughs Gurf Morlix of his former compadre, Austin songwriter Blaze Foley..."

Off the Record
The Dawg Days of Summer: Introducing Cameron Smith and Austin Backstage Live
Music Column  July 23, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...With no fanfare or advance notice, Mississippi's blues restorative Fat Possum Records recently released a new posthumous compilation from Austin songsmith Blaze Foley (see "A Walking Contradiction," Dec. 24, 1999)..."

Another SXSW 'Billionaire'
Postmarks  March 26, 2009
"...Dear Editor, Re: The scuttlebutt surrounding the South by Southwest 09 screening of Drunken Angel: The Legend of Blaze Foley: The filmmaker responds: Having come to film from the technical side (I'm an electrical engineer, an Aggie but please don't hold that against me), I can vouch for the SXSW Film technical crew that what seems like a simple thing to do (change a bulb) is in fact very complicated. High-power, high-definition projectors are also highly technical and require calibration that can only be done in a careful manner..."

Playback: This Is Not Traditional
Tim Kerr and Jerry Hagins remain unconventional in Up Around the Sun, plus an update on World Class Capital Group
Music Column  August 16, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Banned from Kerrville: Here's a never-before-published photo of Blaze Foley, subject of this week's special issue, that feeds into the infamous tale of him getting kicked out of the Kerrville Folk Festival then sneaking back in dressed as a woman. He's holding a tube of mascara, and those are tinfoil earrings..."

Groover's Paradise
The Hole in the Wall has seen it all
Music Story  June 19, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...The Hole quickly became a go-to spot for Austin's folkies, attracting characters like Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley...."

Lost Pines Recovery
November 27, 2013. 17 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  November 27, 2013
"...Neighbors and volunteer groups formed the muscle of the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team, the nonprofit responsible for putting over 80 families back into homes in 2013, after the blaze from the Bastrop County Complex Fire of September, 2011, the most destructive wildfire in Texas history that took out over 32,000 acres, including many, many acres of loblolly pine, pictured here. For full story, see"

Page Two: SXSW and 2011 Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
Part One: My Beginnings and Chicago
Columns  April 22, 2011, by Louis Black
"...One City – Chicago." Friends of mine are involved in the festival, but as much as anything I was there to watch the crowd's reaction to a couple of events. Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW was to show on Saturday, while on Sunday Kevin Triplett's documentary Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah would be screened, followed immediately by Gurf Morlix playing a set from Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream, his new album of Foley songs...."

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