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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...."

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..."

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 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..."

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..."

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..."

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...."

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...."

Lovett Longtime Foley Fan
Postmarks  July 15, 2010
"...Dear Editor, Just a knowing comment about an error in one of your articles – a review of the new Blaze Foley album [“Texas Platters,” Music, July 16]. The statement that is incorrect is that Lyle Lovett came to Blaze's fold posthumously..."

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..."

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..."

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?..."

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..."

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...."

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..."

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..."

Blaze a Blaze: Volume Too
Music Review  October 29, 1999, by Lee Nichols
"...Blaze a Blaze: Volume Too Blaze Foley must surely now hold the record for the most tribute albums devoted to an Austin artist who never got famous, and he's not even through being fêted -- this is supposed to be the second in a series of three. The late songwriter certainly merits the honor, though: If he wasn't quite the flat-out genius that his friend Townes Van Zandt was, then he was surely the next closest thing..."

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..."

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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