Weekly Wire: Dec. 28, 1999: A Walking Contradiction: The Legend
of Blaze Foley 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.
To make matters worse, most of it is missing.
What survived compensated the lack of quantity
with quality. Just over a month before his death in February 1989,
Foley recorded 15 tracks at the Austin Outhouse. This now-defunct
neighborhood bar, which made Hole in the Wall seem cavernous
by comparison, was the same watering spot that served as Timbuk
3's launching pad. Backed by quality local musicians, most notably
fiddler Champ Hood and singer-songwriter Sarah Elizabeth Campbell,
Foley put down some of the best -- but not all -- of the gems he
had crafted in his years of drifting around Austin and Houston.
Accompanied by a few additional studio tracks, the end product was
a cassette, Live at the Austin Outhouse (and Not There). [...]
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