Two new Blaze Foley albums out??

So I got a comment on the Blaze Foley link asking what the big deal was. So I went back and listened to that album….and yes it’s not the best and nowhere near what you would want your introduction to Blaze Foley to be. It suffers from some really horrible production (what albums didn’t in the 80’s?) and is something that only Blaze completists will likely enjoy. Why, well because there is so little Blaze out there. Well that’s what I thought anyway….turns out there are two new albums out of early Blaze Foley material. Is Blaze now the Tupac of progressive country?
So what you have here is an album released early in July called The Dawg Years. So called because it is a series of recordings made when Blaze was calling himself “Deputy Dawg” and living in a treehouse in Georgia. It was recorded on a portable field recorder, so likely not the best sounding stuff. But again Blaze completist are going to want this.

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Next up is we have Sittin’ By The Road, which was released back in May. Now this one says it’s also a recording from back in his treehous days. I haven’t heard either of these, so I am unsure if they are just the same thing released on different labels, but the Dawg Years has more tracks, so maybe they are in fact two different sessions. Either way I’m sure both are only for completist.

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If you are new to Blaze and want to check out  a great studio album, then check out Cold Cold World which was released back in 2006. This album was recorded in 79/80 with Gurf Morlix and is one of the finest posthemous albums ever released….Highly recommended for anyone. Have a listen to the title track below:

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Blaze Foley & The Beaver Valley Boys – Cold Cold World

  • Elbow Macaroni

    August 24th, 2010

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    that’s more like it, really. good song…..eventually maybe I’ll get around to checking on the treehouse stuff.

  • John W.

    August 24th, 2010

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    Perhaps this is the beginning of a long overdue recognition for the talent which was Blaze Foley. He has long been one of my favorites, since researching the song “Clay Pigeons” many years ago.
    His sad story is one of legend. His talent never reached the public perhaps due to his own inner demons, but his luck was never good either.
    To me, his song “If I Could Only Fly” stands as a true classic. His acoustic versions of these songs will send shivers up your spine.
    I have long thought that if he had lived, his legacy would have perhaps reached the same heights as his buddy Townes. In some ways, Blaze was better. These two kindred spirits getting together and becoming friends has always amazed me…think of the talent in that room.
    Thanks for the notice, and spreading the word on Blaze!

  • Martin Luther Presley

    February 28th, 2011

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    I just got THE DAWG YEARS and it’s brilliant! Sure, it’s no clean studio production, but really – who wants that anyway? The audio quality is perfectly alright, definitely NOT just for historic reasons alone. There is this baby screaming on a few songs, but taking it all together this is forgiven. It’s a release you can tell was made with love and care – and the baby is the one writing the good linernotes! So, I’m pretty sure this would not only appeal to completists. In fact, I’d even recommend this as a starting point, it’s that good!

    Now I too wonder what Sittin’ By The Road is all about. Any new info on that? Legit release?

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