Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah

Kevin Triplett, 60 min, USA.

Blaze Foley was shot to death in 1989, defending an elderly friend. The duct tape loving songwriter-musician was homeless and died with no records, but plenty of recorded material. More than 20 years later, his legend is growing with eight solo albums posthumously released and covers of his heartfelt songs by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, John Prine, Nancy Griffith, and Lyle Lovett. Lucinda Williams wrote Drunken Angel about the doomed poet and Townes Van Zandt wrote Blaze’s Blues for his running buddy. Born in a tree house, killed in a friend’s living room, and 86’d from his own funeral, the bigger-than-Texas Blaze Foley is now a bona fide legend. The sad, funny, and beautiful story of a tragic life well lived is brought into sharp focus in this film.