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.
Background. Foley was born Michael David Fuller in Malvern, Arkansas on December 18, 1949. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and performed in a gospel band called The Singing Fuller Family with his mother, brother and sisters. As a child Blaze contracted polio and as a consequence one of his legs was shorter than the other, causing him to drag his foot while walking.
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.
Directed by Ethan Hawke. With Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Charlie Sexton, Josh Hamilton. A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement.