Jan 112011
 

Long before he became legendary in the Americana / Roots music scene by producing CDs for the likes of Lucinda Williams, Robert Early Keen, and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and long before he became on of the leading instrumentalists in the genre, Gurf Morlix hung out in Austin with a singer songwriter by the name of Blaze Foley, In Gurf’s own words:

A few years ago, Gurf wrote: “Blaze Foley – soulful, passionate singer songwriter. Champion of the downtrodden. Friend of the working Girl. Truth seeker. Atmospheric disturbance. Tender caring person with a big ol’ bag of deep-rooted troubles stuffed down into one of his pockets. Blaze could cut right through the bullshit, or he could be the cause of it. The funniest person I ever met, and also the most tragic”.

This collection of Blaze Foley’s songs is being released in conjunction with a documentary about his life. The CD shows both the light and the dark sides of Blaze Foley, from songs with happy-go-lucky lyrics to sad tear jerkers.  Highlights for me include, “Baby Can I Crawl Back To You,” “Clay Pigeons,” and “Cold, Cold, World.”