Blaze Foley was a poet and ace finger picker, a walking contradiction, equal parts spiritual and troubled. A genius and beautiful loser, but most importantly he was a songwriter who poured his entire soul into his art.
Foley was the subject of an episode of Between the Scenes, an Austin-based public television program that focuses on the independent film community. The episode was entitled Duct Tape Messiah: Blaze Foley; the film was later released on DVD.Another documentary about the songwriter, Previously Unknown: The Legend of Blaze Foley, directed by Kevin Triplett, debuted in 2010.
Born in a tree house, killed in a friend's living room, and 86'd from his own funeral Blaze Foley is now a bona fide Texas legend. His songs are covered by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, The Avett Brothers, and Ryan Bingham.
The black granite headstone is lost among the other markers in the Live Oak Cemetery in deep South Austin. Several small objects including a small plastic toy truck scattered around the simple flat tombstone are the only indication the dead person buried six feet under still resonates among the living, although his bearded likeness and the guitar adorned with song titles are pretty ...
He is the unsung, hard-living songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Foley was born in a tree house, and was killed in a friend's living room from a gunshot
Blaze told people he was from Marfa, Texas, and there may be come truth to that, we just don't know. But we do know that Mike Fuller was born in Malvern, Arkansas to Edwin and Louise Fuller in 1949 and spent most of his boyhood life in Texas, with his early childhood years in San Antonio and his late teens in Irving, near Dallas.
Blaze Foley was the duct tape Messiah a traveling drinking troubadour that was murdered in cold blood over a heated drunken altercation. He died standing up for a friend he has been described as the sweetest and the meanest and his songs show us he can be extremely tender, fiercely political, hillbilly naive, and down right funny at times.
American singer/songwriter, born December 18, 1949 in Malvern, Arkansas. On February 1, 1989 in Austin, Texas, Foley was shot to death while helping his friend Concho January defend himself from his violent son Carey January.
Blaze Foley was a poet and ace finger picker, a walking contradiction, equal parts spiritual and troubled. A genius and beautiful loser. But first and foremost, he was a songwriter who poured his soul into his art.