Wednesday, April 09, 2008

by Anonymous

"Blaze Foley" 1984





















Blaze Foley was an obscure and virtually unheard of singer-songwriter from Austin ,TX who like so many others managed to fall between the cracks of the big business music machine. However Blaze was always devoted to his craft and lived the life of a vagrant often living at various friends houses writing songs. His professional career seemed to be plagued by faulty labels , lost or destroyed master tapes, limited pressings, even so far as to have the F.B.I seize the master tapes to his first album, which Blaze's mentions in this live record. Even though the general public didn't really know Blaze some very talented singer-songwriters of that day did, like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. It's no wonder Townes and Blaze were friends because Blaze often reminds me of a more country version of Townes. They shared a lot in common musically and in the way they lived, they both lead the lives of outlaw vagrants surrounded by larger than life tales, and both had an underground cult status although Townes being allot more well known. Townes and Blaze used to play shows at The Outhouse in Austin,Texas together and were very good friends. Blaze and Townes were such good friends, that Blaze left him his guitar which was in pawn at the time when he died, and Townes actually had to have Blaze's body exhumed to retrieve the pawn ticket buried with Blaze in his only good suite to get the guitar. After Blaze's death in 1989 Townes Van Zandt wrote "Blaze's Blue" on Blaze's guitar a song for his unfortunate friend. The record is essentially a live set, recorded by John Casner in December 1988 @ The Outhouse in Austin,TX, 2 months before Blaze Foley was shot and killed. Recorded at the Outhouse in Austin, Texas this record capture the man in his own home town 2 months before the tragedy and contains a broad spectrum of his material. Blaze Foley could be a genuine sweet heart, drunk, political, and extremely funny all of which is covered in this set. Blaze had a knack for simplifying things to what he sometimes refereed to as "Hill Billy" versions of real life emotions and issues. This was all part of Blaze's charm he was real, honest, and uninhibited when it came to his music. To learn more about Blaze Foley visit http://www.blazefoley.net/ they are even releasing a documentary on his life in the near future.

DL

10 Comments:

Blogger Kadek55 said...

This is fantastic!

Thanks a lot!

10 April, 2008 01:52  
Blogger Smokey said...

Thanks for all the great music.

10 April, 2008 01:53  
Blogger gilhodges said...

Ah yes! Thanks for this collection from the man for whom Lucinda Williams wrote "Drunken Angel":

Sun came up it was another day
And the sun went down you were blown away
Why'd you let go of your guitar
Why'd you ever let it go that far
Drunken angel
Could've held on to that long smooth neck
Let your hand remember every fret
Fingers touching each shiny string
But you let go of everything
Drunken angel
Drunken angel
You're on the other side
Drunken angel
You're on the other side
Followers would cling to you
Hang around just to meet you
Some threw roses at your feet
And watch you pass out on the street
Drunken angel
Feed you and pay off all your debts
Kiss your brow taste your sweat
Write about your soul your guts
Criticize you and wish you luck
Drunken angel
Drunken angel
You're on the other side
Drunken angel
You're on the other side

Solo

Some kind of savior singing the blues
A derelict in your duct tape shoes
Your orphan clothes and your long dark hair
Looking like you didn't care

Druken angel
Blood spilled out from the hole in your heart
Over the strings of your guitar
The worn down places in the wood
That once made you feel so good
Druken angel
Drunken angel
You're on the other side
Drunken angel
You're on the other side
Sun came up it was another day
And the sun went down you were blown away
Why'd you let go of your guitar
Why'd you ever let it go that far
Drunken angel drunken angel

10 April, 2008 03:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you guys!

10 April, 2008 10:57  
Anonymous yabanjin said...

彼の歌が大好きでしたね。John Prineも歌ったClay Pigeonsが特にいい歌です。ドッキュメント映画が楽しみですね。

11 April, 2008 14:26  
Blogger Michael Arthur said...

Thanks--this is great . . .

12 April, 2008 03:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one made my day--thanks so much!

17 April, 2008 03:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This link seems to be dead. Any chance of a re-post?

Thanks in advance!

01 August, 2008 13:53  
Blogger ericbkk said...

Thanks for this rarity.
Nothing wrong with the link.

Cheers.

14 August, 2008 15:27  
Anonymous drew said...

Hi - I was hoping you would be able to upload the files for the Blaze Foley 1984 album to someplace other than Media Fire. For some reason I can get through about 1/2 of the download and it stops. Because of the way it downloads you need to get the whole thing in order to get any of the files. Any help would be appreciated. I've been looking for this for some time.

Thanks,

Drew

22 December, 2010 02:07  

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